I thought I would start a thread about DIY accidents, in part because I could do with a sounding board right now and in part as a cautionary tale to hopefully make people think.
My business partner / Co director had an accident with a circular saw the Saturday before last. The hospital has done a great job but all he has left on his left hand is his thumb, little finger and one other finger, the other 2 are stumps now and it’s looking like he may lose the one they thought they had saved.
It’s a minimum of 3 months before he can drive or work and they are saying 2 to 3 years for physio and rehabilitation.
He is now talking about stepping down as a director and leaving the business, I think I have sorted that one though, we have a pneumatics catalog and I have convinced him that it would be a big help if he can take over running that. (it’s not a lie, it has the potential to bring in enough money to fund another service engineer).
It’s felt good to vent a bit and I’m going to finish with, please be careful at home. We all follow procedures and abide by health and safety gone mad at work but often we forget it all when doing DIY.
Treat work at home the same as you would at work, take a bit of time and risk assess the tasks at hand and put the same level of mitigation in place.