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In a house-proud nation awash with home renovation TV shows, many of us will be taking the opportunity during this enforced downtime to undertake some DIY home improvements.
However, according to a report published by the Australia Institute of Health and Welfare, the great Aussie love affair with home renovations is also keeping emergency departments at hospitals busy. At this critical time in Australia, our health services are under immense pressure so the last thing they need is an increase in people presenting to the emergency department as a result of DIY accidents.
So what do we need watch out for? How are we getting injured? Who is getting injured? And, what can we do to protect ourselves during DIY renovations?
Every year, Aussies are getting hospitalised after falling from a ladder more often than any other type of DIY injury.
Falls are the leading cause of injury, often resulting in serious injuries including broken bones, vertebrae factures, open wounds and even head injuries including concussion. But it is not just ladders that we are falling off. We are also falling from scaffolding, falling thru buildings or structures and even falling from trees (presumably this is while lopping/pruning).
One alarming statistic is that the most likely person to be hospitalised as a result of a DIY-related fall is a man over the age of 45, falling off a ladder. Could this be you, or your husband or Dad?
Consider alternatives such as:
Injuries from the use of power tools and machinery can be very serious, most commonly causing hospitalisation because of open wounds and fractures. According to statistics, Almost 70% of DIY injuries caused by tools and machinery were to the wrist and hand with partial or complete amputation of a finger occurring in just over 10% of cases. Ouch!
The top 3 Power tools that caused the most injuries are:
While these are the most common tools, other tools such as handsaws, power drills, nail guns and woodworking machinery are also regular causes.
Most power tools are operating at a high speed. When things happen, they usually happen quickly. When a sudden grab or kickback from the tool occurs, it doesn’t take much for your hand to get in the way of the tool almost instantaneously, before you even have time to react.
Read the manual. Accidents can occur when you are not familiar with the tool. Make sure you know how the tool works and how to turn it off quickly. The manual should include safety information. Read it and understand it. There may be recommendations around guarding, personal protective clothing and equipment and for the work environment. Take note and don’t take shortcuts.
If you are not confident, put your health first and outsource the task to a trained professional. If this is not an option right now, then wait.
A member of the Amerex team will arrange a time to discuss your
renovation and additions project and assess what stage you are at in the building process.
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