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Ladder-related injuries in New South Wales

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Falls from ladders are a significant cause of serious injury and have been increasing in number across Australia.14 While occupational injuries involving ladders are being dealt with through WorkSafe initiatives, safer use of ladders in non-occupational settings is difficult to enforce because of the variety of behavioural factors that contribute to this type of injury.4,5

In this study, data containing the International Classification of Diseases, 10th revision, clinical modification code for “Fall on and from ladder (W11) for occupational and non-occupational injuries were extracted from the New South Wales Admitted Patients Data Collection (APDC, hospital admissions) and the NSW Trauma Registry between 1 January 2010 and 31 December 2014. The APDC collects information on hospital stay across the state while the Trauma Registry prospectively collects a minimum dataset on major trauma (injury severity score > 12 and death in hospital regardless of injury severity) from 20 NSW trauma centres. Descriptive analyses were performed separately for each dataset in SAS statistical software (SAS Institute). All results are available online in the full report (http://www.aci.health.nsw.gov.au/networks/itim/projects/ladder-safety).

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