Accidents are most likely to occur when you're working with:
wood or chipboard,
paving and concrete blocks, and
metal bars and sheets.
Ladder and stepladder accidents alone send thousands of people to the hospital every year.
Keep safe with our top tips:
Don't rush the job or try to do too much - people make more mistakes and have more accidents when they're rushing or tired.
Plan your project properly, and work out if you need to employ a professional to help with specialist jobs such as plumbing, roofing, or electrical work.
Give your equipment an test before you start - check that ladders aren't wobbly or broken, and electrical cables aren't frayed.
Don't take risks or shortcuts - rather than overstretching yourself to paint that last corner of the ceiling, get off the ladder and move it. It'll save you time in the long run if you avoid a broken arm!
Make sure you know how to use equipment properly. Read the safety manual and follow the instructions. If you're not sure, get professional advice before attempting to use it.
Wear protective gear - safety glasses will protect your eyes from grit and dripping paint, and gardening gloves will help avoid splinters when moving wood. Always wear sensible shoes to protect your feet from objects dropping from above, and sharp edges or objects on the floor.
Lift safely - protect your back by bending at the knees when picking up objects, and call a friend or neighbor to help move large or particularly heavy items.
Keep rooms well ventilated if you're using materials such as paint or glue that create fumes.
Make sure pets and children are kept away from any dangerous materials or equipment, including tempting playthings such as ladders.
Keep electrical equipment away from sources of water and turn off the electricity, gas or water at the mains if you are working with any connected equipment.
Be aware of trailing electrical wires (for example, avoid pushing the lawnmower over its power cable) and watch out for wiring behind walls when drilling.
When working in the loft or taking up floorboards, lay down boards to help you walk between the joists, to avoid falling through ceilings.
If possible, don't work alone - make sure someone else knows where you are and what you're doing, so if you have a fall or get into difficulty, help will be on hand quickly.
NOTICE: The information provided on this site is not a substitute for professional medical advice,
diagnosis, or treatment. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your
physician or other qualified health provider because of something you have read on Wellsphere.
If you have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.