Austin Demolition: Understanding the Risks of DIY Demolition

Posted: March 31, 2014 in Austin Demolition Services
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When it’s time to remodel, homeowners understandingly want to spend their budget as frugally as possible. This has led many homeowners to attempt do-it-yourself projects and while this is a great money-saving idea for some projects such as landscaping and gardening, doing other projects yourself such as demolition can include serious health and safety risks.

Consider the following statistics:

According to Angie’s List, 42 million people attempt a do-it-yourself home renovation job each year and one out of every five of them will suffer an injury from it!

Over 15,000 people were admitted to the emergency room last year for an accident involving a saw.

Almost 4,000 were admitted based on an injury sustained by using a hammer.

An additional 3,900 or so people were admitted for an injury that involved a screwdriver.

Ladders cause about 40,000 injuries per year.

Nails, bricks, metal, concrete blocks and wood are the most common items do-it-yourselfers injury themselves with.

(Click here to view the source for all of these stats…)

So what do saws, hammers, screwdrivers, ladders, nails, bricks, metal, concrete blocks and wood all have in common?

All of these items are commonly used, alongside some heavier duty equipment, for home demolition jobs.

In addition to getting injured by any of these tools and materials, do-it-yourself demolitioners have to worry about things like asbestos or mold that can make them sick if they’re exposed to them. Also sometimes, even seemingly benign things like dust can cause asthma attacks or trouble breathing.

And if the do-it-yourselfers don’t know the ins and outs of selective demolition, they can also shock themselves by hitting the electrical lines in their walls.

According to Peninsula Hauling, eye and head trauma are the most commonly reported demolition injuries, but broken bones and cuts from hammers and saws are also common. You can read more from them here.

Lastly, selective demolition is hard work. If they have any health problems, especially back problems, trying to do demolition themselves is likely to result in an injury.

Are you ready to chance it?

If not, you can find Austin demolition company Dirty Work on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.


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