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Can home repairs lead to human repairs? Yes, and it happens more than you’d imagine. Turns out, falling off a roof is way easier than falling off a log. Studies show logs are closer to the ground also.
So read this quick post to help keep you and someone you love out of the ER next time you tackle a home repair or remodeling project. Learn which injuries happen most and safety equipment that can protect your brain, eyes, ears, etc.
*Falls caused 33% of preventable injuries in 2020
Meet Louie Louis. He’s the lead character in this home repair safety story. Yes, he got unlucky with his parents slapping him with two first names. But Louie is about to have bad luck bodyslam him.
See, Louie has dragged his 24-foot ladder from the basement. He’s staring up those ladder rungs, ready to clean the leaves from his gutters. Problem is, Louie hasn’t been on a ladder in 8 years. Plus, he’s fallen out of his Lazy Boy recliner 3 times in that same time period.
But his nice neighbor who used to clean his gutters, has moved. So, up Louie goes. And down he comes! Flat on his back, with Mrs. Louis dialing 911.
Ladders are super dangerous, folks. They slip, slide, and shake. Not a good thing when you’re 24 feet in the air.
Don’t worry, Louie survived his fall. But Louie’s a slow learner. So a few months later he gets bored after watching the WNBA and Bill Dance fishing reruns. What’s he do?
Figures he’ll fire that electric chainsaw up and cut down the dying apple tree out back. Well, within 6 minutes Louie has sawed the power cord in half. But somehow avoided electrocution.
So, genius he is, Louie tapes the cord back together. A major no-no, people. But before he fries his home’s breaker box, he catches his pants leg on the chainsaw teeth. “A real massacre,” the ambulance driver told Mrs. Louis.
But luckily it was just a flesh wound. 29 stitches and Louie was released from the ER, where he’s like Norm from Cheers.
Most people would learn their lesson after those traumatic events. Not Louie. He figures if he’s inside a piece of heavy equipment, what could go wrong?
Let us count the ways. Louie manages to ruin part of his neighbor’s new sod when he hops on the skid steer he rented. Then he finds a yellow jacket nest in the brush pile he’s moving. Only 13 stings though.
Then he figures he’ll take out that ole apple tree. His nemesis. And he does, but since he’s a rookie skid steer operator, a falling tree limb lands right on Louie’s crotch!
Now, OSHA may not suggest you wear a cup while operating a skid steer. However… anything can happen with heavy equipment and home repairs.
Bonus Injuries That’ll Shock You
Now, if you’re saying to yourself, “those injuries could happen to anyone.” Ok. What about these random boo-boos Louie has suffered through that didn’t make his “top-ten” fail list?
- That time he lopped off the dog’s tail with the hedge trimmer (Spot Rover was never the same)
- Big toe damage from drill bit on back deck repair
- Lacerated finger changing lightbulb
- Lacerated finger changing lightswitch plate
- Lacerated finger flipping on closet light
Yes, that last one demonstrates Louie has more bad luck than the average homeowner. Still, don’t ignore his cautionary tale. You can never be too safe when hammering away at home projects.
Safety Equipment List for Home Repairs
Would Louie Louis use any of the safety equipment below? No. That’s reason enough for you to do so, right?
Head protection: Hard hats may seem unnecessary or uncomfortable, but professionals use them when there’s danger from falling objects. Ex. falling tree limbs or holding a ladder for someone.
Eye protection: Roughly 300,000 workplace eye injuries send people to the emergency room each year. Any activity that sends dust or other particles flying needs serious caution. It’s not just sawing or grinding that can take your eye out. It’s the so-called little stuff, like weed whacking, edging, mowing, sanding, etc. Safety glasses can keep nasty chemicals out of your eyeballs too.
Hearing protection: The majority of Louie’s recliner accidents occur while leaning in to hear the tv. Don’t let your hearing diminish when all it takes is a second to put in earplugs or slip on earmuffs when running loud equipment.
Foot protection: Are homeowners buying steel-toed boots to remodel their bathroom? Not likely. But some are wearing flip-flops while tiling a tub. Nope, don’t raise your hand if you’re guilty, just soak silently in your shame
. And wear proper foot attire when doing home projects - for the love of pinky toes across this great nation!
First aid: Accidents happen, even to the most cautious people. So keep a first aid kit at home and restock it when you use items from it.
And we’ll wrap up with the best safety equipment Louie Louis has finally found. Well, Mrs. Louis found it for him. The telephone. Calling a professional to remodel a bathroom, take out a rotting tree, or replace the gutters can save a call to 911.
Please be safe out there guys and gals. Give us a call for your next home remodeling project while you relax and await the beautiful results, safely in your Lazy Boy recliner.