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Ladder Climbing and Grip Strategies During Holiday Decorating

Falls from ladders represent a significant injury event in Canada and the United States. Annually, more than 40 000 people are injured in Canada (OHS Canada), and falls from heights are reported to be the 2nd most prevalent injury-causing event in the United States (U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2011).

While many of these injuries occur in occupational settings, the number of ladder-related falls are also high when performing activities at home. Perhaps this is no more obvious than during the Holiday Season in December, as many of us climb on ladders to install lighting and decorations both inside and outside of the house.

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