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    Five common injuries: DIY renovations at home


    Five common injuries: DIY renovations at home

    Whilst undertaking DIY renovations there are plenty of potential accidents you could have, from slips, trips and falls to electric shocks. Here are five of the most common injuries.

    Common DIY accidents

    1. Fall injury from up high: If you are renovating anything that requires a ladder you need to make sure you secure the ladder. This is not always done and so fall injuries are sustained by falling.
    2. Sharp and blunt trauma to the limbs: Tools used in DIY are varied, depending on the job, but some of the most common tools used include hammers and nails. Hitting yourself with a hammer by accident is far worse than a simple slip, trip or fall and may even require hospital treatment. However, blunt force trauma is not only limited to hammers; nail guns, screw drivers and even wrenches are all potential causes from DIY especially if you have a slip, trip or fall whilst using one.
    3. Electric shock from live wire: If you are working near any electric wires or cabling you should always isolate the power supply before touching those tools or you could be in for a nasty surprise. An electric shock at its worst can be fatal but could also lead to other injuries such as a fall injury if you are up a ladder when shocked.
    4. Damage to lungs: Make sure the rooms are well ventilated when carrying out DIY as the dust, chemicals and particles used could damage your lungs if inhaled for extended periods of time and cause much worse than a simple slip, trip or fall  injury.
    5. Slips, trips and falls over tools left lying about: This is a common but easily avoided accident. Slips, trip and falls over tools and objects used during DIY tasks can occur quite a lot. Whether it is a ladder left lying about or a hammer precariously placed on a shelf a nasty slip, trip or fall injury can be prevented simply by tidying up as you work.

    Accidents such as slips, trips and falls can and do occur wherever you are. If you have had a slip, trip or fall within the last three years that wasn’t your fault you may be able to make a claim.

    Speak to Accident Advice Helpline today on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to find out more about making a slip, trip or fall claim.

    Date Published: July 22, 2015

    Author: Accident Advice

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