Pensioner falls off ladder and dies

An elderly Upper Austrian died after he fell off a ladder picking apples yesterday afternoon (Weds).Officials in Pettenbach announced today that the 83-year-old man’s body was found lying next to the collapsed ladder – which was set up on an sloping pasture – by his son. He suffered a broken neck.A local doctor could only confirm the man’s death upon arrival at the scene.A 70-year-old man suffered serious injuries in a similar accident last March.The man lost his footing while trimming a tree. He fell off his ladder and around five metres into a roadside ditch in Kallham, Upper Austria.The pensioner, who suffered several broken bones, was only spotted around four hours later by a passing motorist who called an ambulance.