“Hardware, tools and equipment are popular gifts for dads but it’s important to remember that many injuries and deaths occur during maintenance and DIY activities around the home,” ACCC Deputy Chair Delia Rickard said.
“For example, home car mechanic work can be fatal if you get under a car that is only supported by a jack. We have seen an average of 160 injuries per year associated with using car jacks, as well as tragically numerous deaths by crushing.”
“Vehicle and trolley jacks are for changing tyres only – never get under a car that is only supported by a jack. Use vehicle support stands on a hard level surface before working under your car,” Ms Rickard said.
“Ladders can also be dangerous if they’re not used safely – a fall from just one or two metres can potentially cause serious injuries. Sadly, at least four Australians die each year after falling from a ladder. Most of these deaths occur in non-work activities and around a third of deaths happen during maintenance jobs around the home.”
“When using a ladder always work within arm’s reach and only climb to the second rung from the top of a step ladder or the third rung from the top of an extension ladder,” Ms Rickard said.
Furthermore, others in the home are at risk of injury or death if DIY projects are not completed to a safe standard.
“Only install basketball rings on walls or posts that are structurally sound. Serious injuries can occur if structures collapse, exposing the player to falling bricks, posts, ring or backboard. Also check that rings are properly secured,” Ms Rickard said.
“When using elastic luggage straps to transport materials for DIY projects, avoid stretching them too far as they may cause serious eye and facial injuries if they rebound.”
Before starting any DIY projects or home maintenance, see the tips and information on a range of products on our dedicated DIY safety page on the Product Safety Australia website.
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