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
Damn, I'm glad I don't live down there where it's dangerous. I know I
can safely finish my kitchen remodel and I won't get hurt anymore...
once the bleeding stops... and the bones knit. At least that's what
the firemen sad as the were leaving.
Amazing what you can do with a little creative wording.
"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."
I'd be willing to bet that "accidents in their homes" includes
everything from falling in their showers to drowning in their swimming
The article (From New Zealand) made it pretty clear that it was
accidents involving ALL types of household activities; not only those
which are generally considered 'Do it yourself home repairs'. They
included insect sprays, garden activity such as pruning a tree branch,
cutting fingers preparing food and/or burns in the kitchen.
One paragraph reads "ACC will be targeting home handymen - among
others - during safety week, ....... ". And also mentions 25,000 (NZ)
So why DIY got such a bad rap is unclear. There was no mention pf
staying in bed all the time; maybe that is a safe activity (conducted
alone)? Watch that back and to not stubbing your toes on the foot of
the bed; and also apart from not developing bed sores.
Maybe the construction trades were behind it? As far as shooting
yourself with a nailgun. . . I've seen dozens of these guys on TV with
spectacular close-calls. Nails in hands & heads & feet---- and none
have been DIY guys.
There was a death in Florida a year or two ago...guy using a grinder,
wheel broke and severed an artery in his neck. Tipping riding mowers or
running over kids. Our condo building had a second-story sliding glass
door broken by rock thrown from mower - it sounded like the wall had
been hit by a cannon.
From the old days of working in operating room...toes chopped up/off by
mowers going backwards. Friend's father who, just after retiring, got
interested in woodworking - bought fancy shop equipment and lost four
I've certainly saved a lot of money buying autoparts online and installing
I saved $300 buying a ball joint and replacing it myself,when mechanics
would only replace the entire lower control arm;quotes of $400 for the
whole job. (03 Nissan Sentra SpecV) The ball joint cost $15,and I borrowed
the press tool from Advance Auto(at no charge),and bought a few other tools
Next,the mass air flow sensor died,local cost $300 for the entire air flow
assembly,remanufactured,OR $400 from the dealer new,I got a new sensor for
What a racket....
No matter how hard you try to scare DIY people, they will continue to
do their own work because they CANNOT afford to have contractors do
everything for them. Well, maybe Bill Gates can afford it, but regular
A couple of weeks ago I watched a "crew" of a so called home repair
business put a roof on a house. Stripped old shingle off, only the
shingles, and put new shingles on. Yep, right over the old dried out torn
Oh no, I see a new federal mandate coming "DIY Insurance".
Citizens, er, subjects will not be allowed to do any work
for themselves without a federally approved DIY insurance
policy and inspections from the Department of Household
Safety and Security. I suppose it could be called
"OH BUMMER CARE".
The DIY insurance will be mandated, even for those who do not want to do
home repairs or who may even be prohibited from doing repairs because they
live in nursing homes, apartments, or jails.
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