Worker flown to hospital after falling from ladder in southern Queensland

RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter has airlifted a man after he fell off a ladder and hit his head at his workplace, south-west of Gatton.

The incident happened on Monday morning.

The man was airlifted to the Princess Alexandra (PA) Hospital in a stable condition.

In 2016, 25 workers died as a result of a fall from a height. The number of workers dying as a result of this mechanism has not improved to any great extent over the last 14 years, according to Safe Work Australia figures.

The figures show over the 10 years to 2016, falls from a height most commonly involved falls from a ladder (17 per cent), roof (15 per cent of fatalities), horses, donkeys and mules (8 per cent), trucks, semi-trailers and lorries (7 per cent) and elevated work platforms (6 per cent).

Safety tips for using ladders:

  • conduct a hazard identification and risk assessment
  • install a barricade or warning signs if there is a potential hazard to people near the work area
  • ensure that the ladder has an angle or pitch of about 1:4 (one out and four up)
  • ensure that the ladder extends, at least, one metre above the landing
  • ensure that the ladder is installed on a stable surface
  • secure the top and bottom of the ladder so it cannot shift position
  • ensure that a non-conductive, insulated ladder is used for electrical work or near electrical hazards
  • ensure that the ladder will not be used in a manner that endangers any person.

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