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Saturday, May 19, 2007

The Coming War on Ladders

Move over smoking, obesity, gun ownership, and underage drinking, there's a new threat to "public" health in town: ladders.
The number of ladder-related injuries in the United States increased by more than 50 percent from 1990 to 2005, says a study in the May issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine....more than 2.1 million people were treated in hospital emergency departments for ladder-related injuries from 1990 to 2005. That averages out to more than 136,000 cases a year.

"Individuals using ladders are often not mindful of the severe risks associated with use," study co-author Lara Trifiletti, a principal investigator at CIRP and an assistant professor at Ohio State University's College of Medicine, said in a prepared statement.

"Increased public health initiatives that target men and women, especially of working age, could help reduce the number of ladder-related injuries," she said.

I await the special ladder tax, the war on ladder dealers, the "just say no to ladder climbing" public health ads, and the forced treatment of people who can't stop climbing ladders. Seriously, 136,000 injuries a year and the government hasn't banned ladders yet? How many more people have to die? Won't someone please think of the children? I joke, but I'm sure there are some restrictions in the pipe-line. And probably some lawsuits against Big Ladder.

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