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Falling from a ladder was the most common cause of DIY injury in 2013-14 in Australia.

Do-it-yourself’ (DIY) refers to making, mending or maintaining something oneself, instead of hiring a professional or tradesperson. This fact sheet looks at DIY injuries that occurred as a result of falls (for example, from ladders and buildings), and while using tools and machinery (for example, hand tools and lawnmowers) at home. In 2013–14, men aged 65+ were the most commonly hospitalised group due to 1 of these types of DIY injuries.

  • For those aged over 15, the rate of injury for males was 22 per 100,000 and for females, 5 per 100,000
  • Injuries due to contact with tools and machinery most often resulted in an open wound (31%) or a fracture (23%)
  • 4 in 5 ‘do-it-yourself’ (DIY) injury cases were male (81%)
  • Falling from a ladder was the most common cause of DIY injury in 2013–14.

 

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