The summer months are ideal for tackling those home improvement projects on your to-do list. Unfortunately, sometimes with home renovations come painful mishaps. Working with ladders, electrical equipment, heavy tools, and sharp objects can be hazardous – even for the most seasoned home contractor.
Here are some of the most common construction injuries both do-it-yourselfers and professionals alike should be aware of when remodeling their home:
- High-pressure devices: Power washers, paint sprayers, and air compressors are all high-pressure devices. When these devices are accidentally turned on you, they can puncture the skin, causing it to bubble up and eventually strip off. Treat these tools like firearms and never point them toward animals or people.
- Ladders: The ladder is the staple of every home improvement project – it is also the cause of many of the most serious injuries. Ladder falls can result in strains, sprains, fractures and serious head, neck, and spine injuries. Place your ladder on flat, stable ground, and never use the rungs labeled “not a step.”
- Nail guns: Surprisingly, nails are not the cause of most nail gun injuries. Most users are injured by debris blowback caused by the nail firing at a speed that can be faster than some bullets. Wear eye and ear protection, long clothing, and solid work boots to prevent cuts and wounds from flying debris.
- Sharp objects: Dull blades and knives can actually be more dangerous than sharp ones. It takes more force to cut through something with a dull knife. That force can cause your hand or the knife to slip, causing serious lacerations. Always keep blades sharp and cut away from the body.
Tackling home renovations can be incredibly satisfying and good for the budget. But do not be tempted to cut corners when it comes to safety. Take your time, wear proper safety protection equipment, read the instructions for all tools and equipment, and use them as the manufacturer intended to avoid serious and fatal construction injuries.
Clean up all tools and debris after your home improvement work. It is still a matter of safety to make sure, in addition to yourself, that no loved ones, friends, or acquaintances suffer avoidable injuries
In Pennsylvania, you have a limited amount of time to pursue a cause of action after a personal injury resulting from a construction accident. If you delay, you risk losing compensation for medical expenses, loss of projected income, and pain and suffering.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Assist Injured Pennsylvanians
After an accident, it is important to seek counsel from a competent Philadelphia construction accident lawyer at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC. We are experienced in handling construction accidents, slip and fall accidents, defective product accidents, and motor vehicle accidents.
Whether your injuries were caused by dangerous equipment or a careless property owner, we can help you take the best legal course of action. With offices throughout Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we serve clients throughout the state, Delaware, and New Jersey. Call 215-569-8488 or contact us online for a free case consultation.