600 people die a year in New Zealand from DIY accidents

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600 people die a year in New Zealand from DIY accidents

New Zealanders are traditionally Do It Yourselvers when it comes to home handyman type work. Need to paint your house? Rewire the electrics? Add an house extension? Then have fun buying power tools and do it yourself.

This is personified in this wonderful TV advert for Mitre 10 a home handyman's heaven.
(Note the little Australian kid in Australian colors bashing a plastic snake :) )

DIY handymen are costing hundreds of millions of dollars in medical bills by putting up wobbly scaffolds, touching live wires and shooting themselves in the hands and feet with nail guns.

The traditional weekend activity is turning the home into the most dangerous place to be, new Accident Compensation Corporation figures show.

ACC injury prevention team leader Ceri Davies said middle-aged handymen often had "just enough tools to get themselves into trouble, but not enough tools to get themselves out of it".
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If you are going to paint the house, make sure you have the equipment. You don't have to fall very far to have a life-changing accident.

An average of 11 people died each week from accidents in their homes in the year to the end of June - an annual total of 573. That compares with the road toll last year of 366.

The Auckland home-accident death rate of 2.92 for every 10,000 people is more than double the national rate of 1.37.

One person is injured around the home every 48 seconds. Nationally, 658,000 people suffered household injuries, which cost $641 million - an average of $975 each.

ACC has released the figures to mark a fresh campaign focusing on safety around the home. They reveal that the garden is the most dangerous household area, accounting for 17 per cent of all injuries. Even insects are getting involved, inflicting 25,000 injuries a year. Plants are responsible for about 400 injuries a week.

People falling off unstable ladders was a common injury around the home.
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Your wife says, 'Oh, can you get up there and prune that branch?' So they lean the ladder against the tree. Often it's a case of them putting the ladder on the wrong side of the cut and the whole thing goes.

Say you're screwing something on a wall above your head with both hands and you lose balance. You haven't got time to put your hand out to steady yourself.

Other examples of DIY efforts gone wrong include people striking power cables when stapling insulation under a house and electrocuting themselves, people falling through a ceiling because they didn't know what part to walk on, and people being crushed while working under cars in their garages because the jack hadn't been secured properly.

The most common household injury are people chopping their own fingers off while cooking. Burns were also another common injury in the kitchen. And carelessness when using pesticides from the garden shed often saw people poisoned by accidentally inhaling the fumes.


* Falling from steps or ladders: 77 a week
* Injuries from plants, trees and bushes: 400 a week
* Lawnmower injuries: 85 a week
* Injuries from tools: 480 a week
* Insect bites and stings: 480 a week
* Most accidents (17 per cent) occur in the garden.
* The kitchen accounts for most injuries inside the house.


As less than 500 people die a year on the roads in New Zealand, and about 600 die in the homes then the moral of the stray is STAY THE HECK OUT OF YOUR HOMES AND JUST GO DRIVING.
By netchicken: posted on 6-9-2009

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