Falls from Ladders among Ontario Adults

Falls from ladders lead to thousands of emergency department (ED) visits and hospital admissions in Ontario each year. Injuries from these falls occur most often among men in middle adulthood. 

Using Ontario emergency department visit and hospital discharge data, this issue of the Ontario Injury Compass presents injury data for ladder-related falls, with a focus on adults aged 45-64. It also highlights prevention strategies to address the issue. 

Referenced in this Report:

OIPRC. (2009). Falls from ladders.

Volpe, R. (2014). Best Practices in the Prevention of Mid-life Falls in Everyday Activities.

Additional resources on this topic:

Portable Ladders Fact Sheet (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)

Step Ladder Fact Sheet (Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety)

Diagram: Ladder Safety at Home (Preventable)

Posters: Ladder Falls (Preventable)

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