December 13, 2011
With the holidays in full swing, the number of slip and fall accidents across the state of Texas is on the rise. According to KVUE News, a 54-year-old Little Elm, Texas, woman was killed after falling from a wooden pull-down ladder she was using to access Christmas decorations in her attic.
Police spokesman, Captain Rodney Harrison, stated that the woman was alone at her home on Fieldstone Drive when the accident occurred Saturday afternoon. Investigators said that the ladder appeared to have given way when the woman stepped up onto the ladder. She fell backwards and hit her head on the concrete floor beneath her, causing severe trauma. By the time her husband found her several hours later, there was nothing that could be done to revive her.
It was also reported that a month earlier, a 52-year-old town maintenance worker died from being electrocuted when a ladder he was on became entangled in live power lines.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission states that 160,000 people are injured in ladder-related accidents each year. They also say that the number of accidents dramatically increases around the holiday months.
- Always have a spotter below you hold the ladder
- Make sure the ladder is firm and steady at a 45-degree angle before climbing
- Never go above the top wrung