A pilot from New Zealand died when he fell from a ladder. He had been doing some maintenance on his property when the accident happened. The man started flying when he worked in parachute operation and then worked in tourism, where had the opportunity to use his flight skills.

This story is tragic. Our hearts go out to this man’s family, friends and all who knew him.

What could have been done to prevent this accident? The article talks a lot about his pilot history and not a lot about the actual accident, but here are just a few things we can remember so we don’t have a similar accident.

  1. Use the right height and type of ladder for the job.
  2. Keep your body between the rails.
  3. Set up your ladder on firm, level ground.
  4. Have a spotter/don’t use the ladder alone.

We don’t know for certain what caused the accident, but we do know it is tragic, and we hope to prevent similar accidents from happening to anyone else.