Don't Let a Ladder Be Your Downfall
‘Tis the season to clean gutters (fa la la la la, la la la la!). Whether it’s cleaning your gutters or hanging holiday decorations, you might have to climb a ladder to get the job done this fall. But be careful: Nearly 200,000 emergency-room visits and 300 deaths are linked to ladder accidents every year, and most people who fell didn’t have anybody holding the ladder below them. The typical accident victim is a 55-year-old man who falls nearly 10 feet.