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The most common DIY accidents


Lack of knowledge and experience, inadequate or defective tools, as well as carelessness and inappropriate clothing or footwear, are responsible for a great deal of DIY accidents. Here are some of the most common DIY accidents and how to avoid them.


Common DIY accidents and ladders

The most common DIY accidents are slips, trips and falls, or, to be more precise, injuries by falling off ladders. Using the right type of ladder for the job and wearing sturdy footwear with plenty of grip goes a long way towards successfully preventing injuries by slipping, tripping and falling off ladders.


Other common DIY accidents

Improper use or handling and poor maintenance of power tools can lead to all kinds of potentially serious personal injuries. Knowing how to use a drill or jigsaw, for instance, correctly can prevent many accidental injuries, as can avoiding wearing loose clothing. Wearing protective glasses or goggles helps to prevent eye injuries by flying debris, and maintaining tools properly will prevent injuries by electrocution.


Solvents and paints

Inhaling the fumes of paints and solvents can cause serious breathing problems and could even result in hospitalisation. Being affected by fumes could also lead to slip, trip and fall injuries.

Keeping areas to be painted well ventilated and wearing protective masks, especially when treating larger areas, can prevent paint and solvent-related accidents.


Sharp objects

Knives, scalpels and chisels, saws and scissors, even screwdrivers and files can cause serious injuries if handled improperly. Cutting and stabbing injuries can be prevented by:

  • Taking your time, rather than rushing projects
  • Using the right tool for the job
  • Avoiding holding sharp tools by blades
  • Not putting too much pressure onto cutting tools, to prevent hands slipping down onto blades

Keeping tools out of the reach of children is obviously also important.


Defective tools

Sometimes, DIY-related accidents are caused by defective new power tools or ladders. In this case, even the most careful user may sustain more or less serious personal injuries through no fault of their own. If this is what has happened to you, there is a good chance that you may have a faulty product claim.


Accident Advice Helpline

Specialising in faulty product and other personal injury claims, we can assist you in getting the compensation you are entitled to fast. Call our helpline on 0800 689 5659 now to see how we can help you and get your claim started today.