DIY DISASTERS: Melbourne hospital spike as residents take on home renos and projects


Melbourne hospitals have seen a spike in serious injuries as people stuck at home try their hand at DIY projects and new hobbies.

There have been increased falls from ladders, exercise injuries and kitchen burns since the lockdown restrictions came into effect in the state.

As residents are becoming handier around the house, they are also putting themselves at an increased risk.

“People are climbing up ladders to fix the gutters, the roof, to adjust the swing,” Alfred Hospital Emergency Consultant, Dr Helen Stergiou, said.

At home injuries accounted for the highest number of presentations to the Alfred Hospital’s emergency room over the past three weeks.

But it’s not just home improvements that posed a risk with hobbies, sports and even cooking potentially being dangerous.

“Everything from bleeding on the brain to broken necks to broken ribs to the collapsed lung…” Stergiou said.

According to Bunnings, 65 per cent of Australians have at least one unfinished DIY project at home.

This article first appeared on 7NEWS and has been republished here with permission. 

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