DIY hand in­juries up by dou­ble digit rate

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS -

HAP­LESS hus­bands try­ing a spot of week­end DIY are be­hind a spate of hand in­juries.

Some­one has been trau­mat­i­cally in­jured by a power tool, on av­er­age, ev­ery se­cond day for the past three months, ac­cord­ing to NSW Am­bu­lance.

The string of gory gashes in­cluded a 65-year-old Mul­lumbimby man who sliced his fin­ger off with a ta­ble saw and a 27-year-old Cronulla man who lost the tips of two fin­gers af­ter los­ing con­trol of a planer.

The path to home ren­o­va­tion is his­tor­i­cally paved with good in­ten­tions that turn trau­matic, ac­cord­ing to NSW Am­bu­lance Chief In­spec­tor Brian Parsell.

He said power tool vic­tims should stem the bleed­ing and call an am­bu­lance be­fore at­tempt­ing to track down and bag miss­ing dig­its or limbs.

“Put them in a plas­tic bag, put that bag into an­other bag and the put it in cool, tepid wa­ter or iced wa­ter,” Mr Parsell said. “Don’t freeze it. If you freeze the tis­sue, you’ll kill it.”

Mr Parsell also warned would-be ren­o­va­tors never to use tools be­yond their level of knowl­edge, skill or strength.

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