We’re probably going to sound like your grandfather right now, but danger never goes off-duty. Sure the worksite has danger lurking around every corner and it’s important to keep your head on a swivel, but what about those pesky home projects? Once you’ve taken off the orange safety vest from the site and head home, what then? More injuries happen when people are doing work outside of work than you think.
This happens most often because of a lapse in care that’s common with working within comfortable, familiar spaces over which you have a semblance of control. We’re here to tell you to be careful and to chronicle some of the most common home improvement/around-the-house related injuries that befall even the most careful.
Don’t lift the thing, Heracles
Probably the most common at home injury, overestimating your ability to lift the heavy thing and straining something. We understand that you need to get stuff done around the house, but you’ll be getting even less done if you try to overexert during a lift that’s too heavy and throw out your back. Let it wait until you have help and save yourself a literal backache.
Can you hear me now?
Wear earplugs. Period. The little accessories that are worksite mantras often fall to the wayside in the comfort of your own yard. Your eyes and ears are just as sensitive at home. Human beings shouldn’t be around 85 decibels of sound for more than 8 hours, so when you’re running your chainsaw at 120 decibels without ear protection, you do the math. Just because you’re home doesn’t mean everything is a little laxer. Especially when it’s the eyes and ears.
Good things come in twos
Piggybacking off the first point, working at home alone is always a hazard. Accidents happen without plan nor regard for your schedule. Having work buddies with you (or close by) will help alleviate the physical stress some jobs have on one person. Most importantly, having another person around in the case of an emergency is vital. Worksite accountability, home or not, is pivotal to safety.
We know that home projects aren’t all formalized with orange safety vests, high visibility workwear, and the traditional worksite wardrobe of safety clothing. When home projects come knocking and your regular safety workwear is off, take a moment and note the pieces of safety you might be leaving out before diving in.