DIY danger: 'It's just not a sensible thing to do when you get older'

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Trauma researchers have found that even months after falling from a ladder, patients still suffer, and plead that Australians be more cautious

“We see ladder climbing as quite a benign thing to do,” says Dr Helen Ackland, a researcher at the National Trauma Research Institute. “When someone dies in a car accident we hear about it on the news, when someone dies from a ladder, it’s not on the news.”

However, that perception does not match up to reality. In 2018, 22 people died in ladder-related falls in Australia – and for every death, there are dozens of people who suffer from debilitating injuries.

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