Recent statistics have found that Australians are 9 times more likely to be injured at home rather than at work, yet the majority of Australians dive into DIY projects with little to no safety training or awareness of the risks involved.
As a general rule of thumb when commencing a DIY project, consider what you would expect to see a professional wearing when completing the same task.
For example, would a tree lopper be up a tree in a pair of shorts and thongs? OR would he wear long sleeves, a safety harness, safety glasses/goggles, helmet and gloves?
You should then consider the potential risks involved that require professionals to wear PPE and consider whether you'd be safer to enlist a tradesperson's help.
This infographic provides some insight into the factors that have contributed to the increase in DIY injuries in Australia in the decade between 2000-2011.
For more information on how to identify the risks involved in DIY projects and choose the appropriate PPE, contact Big Safety.