Ladder problems


My history with ladders hasn’t always been good, so you’d think I would take extra precautions. However, I parted company with a ladder last week in a rather spectacular way!

I was painting a wall and tried to step down on top of an A frame ladder from a low roof (bad idea and I should have known better). My foot slipped and I fell on top of the ladder and on to the ground.


This might not have been as bad but the ladder was missing one of the rubber bungs at the top, so the sharp metal made quite a hole in my bum.

I realised that a plaster wasn’t going to be enough and so took myself to the A&E in Milton Keynes. Many thanks to nurse Dawn who neatly sewed 14 stitches in my derrière and didn’t make me feel too stupid for having given myself such a silly injury.

It’s getting better but the livid bruise has shocked the kids a bit and sitting down on our studio chairs isn’t too comfortable. Now that I have had time to reflect I have been very lucky that it wasn’t more serious and it has taught me a lesson, hopefully, be more careful when using ladders!

Simon X


  1. peony August 27, 2014 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Ouch Simon!

  2. Glenis Barron August 29, 2014 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Simon, you’re old enough to be more sensible but too young to blame a ‘senior moment’ so what’s your excuse? Pleased that the injury wasn’t more serious – I guess you won’t make the same mistake again.

  3. Mary Williamson December 28, 2014 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Simon,
    Further to this accident I think my comment relevant!My husband always enjoyed watching diy at 10 on a Sunday and feels it is sorely missed!
    Tuned in to diy with you this morning where you were presenting Telesteps ladder , several times you stated it would be good for cutting a hedge——- HOW?—– where would you lean this?This ladder is for access not a working platform according to health and safety!BUT I would NOT say it was suitable for hedge cutting.
    ‘Phoned customer services who said you would clarify on air and as yet nothing!

  4. Simon biagi December 29, 2014 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mary
    Thank you for your comment about the ladder and cutting hedges. I suppose that I only gave half the story and that was remis of me. When cutting hedges using a ladder the hedge must be robust enough to support the ladder but in order that the ladder doesn’t slip into the hedge or through it, a wooden batton is tied to the top of the ladder to spread the weight.
    However, your comments have made me think more carefully about this and on reflection I am not sure that this technique is appropriate for the average DIYer. As such I will in future I will no longer be suggesting this.
    Thank you for bringing this to my attention as it was useful to me to have another point of view and I am glad you mentioned it so that no one has any problems attempting something that might not be too safe.
    Thank you for your help with this and may I wish you a very happy New Year.

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