The latest serious ladder incident involved an elderly man working on the roof of his friend’s house near Curra, north of Gympie.

According to reports, the man in his seventies lost his footing and fell, suffering head injuries.

He was treated on the scene before being airlifted via RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital for further treatment.

The man was fortunate to be in a stable condition, but the consequences could have been alot worse.

Although we don’t know the reason for the fall, we do know that falls from ladders accounted for 28 per cent of the fall related hospitalisations between July 2006 and June 2009.

Sadly complacency towards work from heights often leads to incidents like this and worse.

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