DIY hand injuries up by double digit rate
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.