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Dr. Ronald Connor on Holiday Ladder Safety

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The holidays are here and so are holiday injuries.

Every orthopaedic surgeon has heard too many tales of injuries occurring at this time of year.

I will never forget treating a gentleman who fell from a ladder while putting up holiday lights at his home. He sustained fractures of both wrists and a fracture of one elbow. All three fractures required surgical treatment.

Whether you are putting up lights or taking them down this holiday season, please consider these tips regarding ladder safety:

  • Be aware of electrical hazards overhead.

  • Always maintain three points of contact on the ladder – either two feet and one hand or two hands and one foot.

  • Never try to move a ladder while a person or equipment is on the ladder.

  • An extension ladder or straight ladder should extend three feet above the point of support.

  • The proper angle for setting up a ladder is to place the base of the ladder one fourth of the working length of the ladder from the wall or other vertical surface.

  • The ladder should be placed on a stable and level surface. Do not place the base of the ladder on any unstable base to obtain additional height. 

Here’s wishing you a great – and safe – holiday season!

Dr. Ronald W. Connor is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group.  He treats all orthopaedic conditions, with the exception of the spine, for patients aged 14 years and up.  He has a special interest in total knee replacement and shoulder and knee arthroscopy. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Connor, call 210.281.9595.


NOTE: We cannot provide medical advice or diagnoses without seeing a patient in person.

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