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Home Ladder Falls Largest Cause of Males Admitted to Hospital.
Brain Injury Australia have shared some statistics showing the high rate of ladder falls and hospitalisation in Australia.
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According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, about 3,300 people aged 15 or older were hospitalised in in Australia in 2013–14 as a result of a DIY injury due to a fall or contact with tools and machinery—a rate of 13 cases per 100,000 population. The rate of injury for males aged 15 or older was 22 per 100,000 males, while for females aged 15 or older, the rate was 5 per 100,000 females.
Similar rates were reported for both categories of DIY injuries included in the fact sheet (download button below). The rate for DIY fall injuries was 7 cases per 100,000 population aged 15 or older (11 per 100,000 males and 3 per 100,000 females). For DIY injuries related to tools and machinery, the rate was 6 per 100,000 population aged 15 or older (11 per 100,000 males and 2 per 100,000 females).
What are DIY injuries?
‘Do-it-yourself’(DIY) means making, mending or maintaining something oneself around the home, rather than employing a professional or expert to carry out such tasks.
While there are a variety of ways people can injure themselves while undertaking DIY projects, this fact sheet looks specifically at injuries that occurred as a result of falls (for example, from ladders and buildings), and while using tools and machinery (for example, hand tools and lawnmowers).
Who is hospitalised as a result of DIY injuries?
In 2013–14, the majority of hospitalised DIY injuries due to falls or contact with tools and machinery occurred among males (81%).
DIY injuries were most frequent in the 65–74 age group for both men (597 cases) and women (137 cases) (Figure 1). Very similar numbers of DIY injuries were recorded for the next-youngest 10-year age group: those aged 55–64 (590 male and 130 female cases).
What are the main causes of DIY injuries?
Within the scope of DIY injuries included in this fact sheet, a fall on or from a ladder was the most common cause of injury for both males and females aged 15 years or older—accounting for more than one-third (38%) of injuries overall.
Contact with other powered hand tools and household machinery was the second leading cause of DIY injuries for both males and females, and accounted for 27% of injuries in scope for this fact sheet.
Falls from ladders
The greatest proportion of falls from a ladder were experienced by 65–74 year olds (29%). Falls from a ladder most commonly occurred in an outdoor area of the home (61%, comprising 639 males and 128 females). For males, the next most common area of the home in which falls from ladders occurred was in the garage (35 cases), while for females, the next most common area was in the kitchen (19 cases).
Approximately 3 in 5 DIY injury cases involving a ladder resulted in fractures (785 cases; 62%). Just over one-third (35%) of fractures affected the trunk, including fractures of the lumbar (73 cases) and thoracic vertebrae (48 cases). A further 75 cases sustained multiple rib fractures and 23 had a single rib fracture.