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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    How not to complete painting tasks around the home


    Redecorating your home is generally considered to be a fairly safe DIY job. Disregarding a few simple safety rules may, however, result in potentially serious injuries by falling, slipping or tripping. When painting your home, it is recommended, to prevent slips, trip and falls to not:

    • Use boxes, chairs, tables or other potentially wobbly surfaces to reach high-up areas
    • Leave tools, paint containers or other trip hazards lying around on the floor
    • Risk slip injuries by splashing paint all over the floor

    Getting wet paint into electrical switches, outlets or light fittings exposes you to the risk of injury by electrocution or burning if shorting electrical wires with paint should happen to cause a fire or explosion.

    Preventing paint from getting into switches

    Removing the front plates of switches and outlets and protecting the wires and connection points therein with the help of plastic bags secured with tape before starting to paint not only helps to prevent injuries while painting, it also allows you to paint the area around them without leaving ugly gaps or getting paint all over the front plates.

    Painting in confined spaces

    Providing adequate ventilation by opening doors and windows prevents injuries by exposure to toxic fumes. While most paints are now low in ingredients likely to cause harm, breathing in paint fumes for prolonged periods may still cause all sorts of effects, including headaches, nausea and worse.

    Flammable liquids

    It is naturally also necessary to prevent burn injuries by not keeping flammable liquids like paints, paint strippers and thinners near naked or open flames or appliances likely to cause sparks or overheating of such liquids.

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    When painting goes wrong

    Should things have gone wrong and you suffered a slip, fall or trip injury; got electrocuted or sustained burn injuries while painting at home or at work, you may be entitled to make a claim for injury compensation if:

    • Someone else was responsible for the accidental injury you sustained, and
    • The accident leading to your injury occurred no longer than three years ago

    Learning more about claiming personal injury compensation and getting no win no fee legal assistance with your claim is as simple as going online, visiting the official Accident Advice Helpline website and filling in the quick and easy to use compensation calculator. If you prefer, you could have a confidential chat with one of the company’s advisers via their freephone number on 0800 689 0500.

    Date Published: September 30, 2014

    Author: Accident Advice

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