The ladder is one of the most utilized tools. Most individuals have a ladder or two in their homes or at work and never consider the dangers. Falling off a ladder can lead to serious injuries like muscle tears, broken bones, damage to the spinal cord, skull fractures, or traumatic brain injury. The objective is to educate homeowners and workers on being more alert, increasing awareness, and reinforcing safety protocols.
Ladder Falls and Injuries
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ladder falls account for more than 500,000 injuries and 300 deaths annually. Even professionals with experience in safety can make simple mistakes like carrying too heavy a load or not spotting signs of wearing or a defect that leads to injury.
Causes can arise from defects or user mistakes. These include:
A Defective Ladder
- Old worn-out
- Damaged or broken
- Loose or cracking rungs
- Ladders folding during use
- Using the improper type of ladder for the job or task
Incorrect Ladder Use
- Carrying dangerous objects or heavy loads
- Stretching or reaching too far out
- Failing to secure the ladder properly
- Recklessness or horseplay
Common falls can cause injuries severe enough to require professional medical care. Around one in five falls, on average, cause serious injuries that include.
- Muscle sprains and/or tears
- Neck and back injuries
- Herniated discs
- Hip injuries and fractures
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
Any of these injuries could cause permanent disabilities or chronic conditions.
A fall can damage joints, muscles, bones, and ligaments without realizing there is a problem or injury. The back and spine are most likely to be affected. When landing flat on your back, the joints that connect the spinal column can slip, causing inflammation and joint swelling. To prevent chronic pain and alleviate acute pain, seeking medical attention and chiropractic care as soon as possible is recommended. After confirming the spine is not fractured or broken, a chiropractor can bring relief and restore mobility and function. Injury Medical Chiropractic and Functional Medicine Clinic are committed to helping individuals rehabilitate and recover from injuries. We develop a personalized plan to maximize the potential of recovering and returning to daily activities as soon as possible.
Safer In Seconds
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