A Large % of Adult Injuries Occur In Our Homes
DIY, it’s an ubiquitous term. Australians seem to be very good at it. Or at least we think we are. Many of us have the “No worries, I can do that” mindset, and many spend weekends, long weekends and holidays taking care of and improving our ‘castles’.
A study in Victoria found that a whopping 30% of all adult injuries occurred in the home and garden. So it’s worth considering how to minimise these injuries.
Trades people who would otherwise perform this kind of work are rigorously trained to practice workplace safety and conduct risk assessments before starting any job. We should do the same with DIY.
Source: Monash University, Accident Research Centre, Department of Human Services and Health (1999) Prevention of Injuries associated with Do-It-Yourself activities.
Covid-19 Has Given Us More Time On Our Hands
During 2020 with Covid19 suddenly giving us more time on our hands and at home, the DIY industry has boomed, and here are our tips for taking care of your one and only body whilst working on your home and garden.
Taking a moment to look at the job, the tools required, and the working area is the best way to evaluate the job and minimise the risk. Here’s what you need to consider:
Make sure the equipment is in good working order.
That cement mixer that you borrowed from a mate – is its cord intact, do you know how to use it?
Check blades, wires, handles, what safety and protective equipment is required
- Help/supervision – Do it together
Humans are a communal species we thrive on social contact and learn best from each other.
Invite over a friend to help you complete those tasks, hold the ladder, or show you how.
Then offer your help in return.
• Know your limits
Refer to a tradie when the job is just a little beyond your capabilities.
This blog was written by Nicole Brammy from the City East Physio practice.