We hope you’ve stayed safe this weekend!
It’s unlikely that many DIY enthusiasts do a risk assessment before taking on a DIY job, leading to some unfortunate outcomes. Whilst the culture of health and safety is improving in the workplace, it seems there may be a long way to go to improve awareness in the general public.
It’s been reported that whenever there is a Bank Holiday long weekend, the NHS sees an upsurge in visits to A&E from accidents using drills and other power tools. Within the last 12 months, there have been almost 4,800 power tool incidents, a rise of more than 7% from three years earlier – as people have been inspired by TV programmes such as DIY SOS, Grand Designs and 60 Minute Makeover.
The NHS dealt with another 6,372 cases after people ended up in hospital after tumbling from a ladder, while there were more than 500 hospital admissions following a mishap with a lawnmower.
The message from the NHS is to take care when taking on DIY or gardening jobs over long weekends, and also that there are other alternatives to visiting A&E, such as Pharmacies, and extra GP appointments available. If you are unsure where to turn, there is advice available online and also via the NHS 111 service.