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Step right up and learn a few things about ladder safety

10 October 2017

Storm season is almost here and as homeowners prepare by cleaning out gutters or maintaining trees, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) is urging Queenslanders to use ladders safely.

Fair Trading Executive Director Brian Bauer said ladder-related injury is a significant problem for Australians, with at least 276 deaths in Australia from ladder falls between 2001 and 2012.

“Many of these ladder-related injuries could have been prevented with a few simple safety tips, such as having someone hold the base of the ladder,” Mr Bauer said.

“When you’re climbing a ladder to check your roof or clean your gutters before storm season, know your capabilities - don’t reach out too far, over extend or use the top rung as this increases your chance of falling.

“Nearly 1000 Queenslanders are hospitalised each year due to ladder-related injury and many of these injuries could have been prevented.

“Videos are available on the OFT website which show the devastating impact a ladder related injury can have.”

Follow these tips for safe ladder use:

  • choose the right ladder for the job
  • take time to set up your ladder
  • always follow manufacturer’s instructions and safety warnings
  • don’t work in wet or windy conditions
  • have another person hold the ladder
  • know your limits and work to your ability
  • use a ladder compliant with the Australian and New Zealand standard - Australian and New Zealand standard AS/NZS 1892.

Further information on using ladders safely is available on the OFT website at

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