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While cleaning his gutters, an Air Force retiree fell off his ladder. (photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Sy Pinthong / Dave Stack)

While cleaning his gutters, an Air Force retiree fell off his ladder. (photo illustration by Tech. Sgt. Sy Pinthong / Dave Stack)

Via e-mail -- I enjoyed the story "Nine Feet to Agony" in the Summer 2014 issue of Torch (page 16). I too fell off a ladder -- no spotter, no solid surface to steady the ladder, flip-flops instead of proper shoes, yada, yada, yada. I didn't shatter my heel, but I did break my leg, which got caught in the rungs of the ladder, and suffered a pretty bad concussion where my head hit the ground.

Working on ladders seems simple enough and probably something most of us take for granted. But since it's only something most of us use occasionally, we are not as proficient at it as we think we are and do a poor job of assessing the risks associated with it. Well, at least until it is too late and we find ourselves in the emergency room wondering what went wrong.

Thank you for the story. I hope your readers are paying attention, because,  trust me, this is a topic that can save them months or even years of agony.

Robbie Lunt
Retired Army Reserve