DIY injuries


‘Do-it-yourself’ (DIY) refers to making, mending or maintaining something oneself, instead of hiring a professional or tradesperson. This factsheet looks at DIY injuries that occurred as a result of falls (for example, from ladders and buildings), and while using tools and machinery (for example, hand tools and lawnmowers) at home. In 2013–14, men aged 65+ were the most commonly hospitalised group due to 1 of these types of DIY injuries.

ISBN 978-1-76054-096-8; Cat. no. INJCAT 185; 4pp.; Internet only

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Fact sheet contents

  • What are DIY injuries?
  • Quick facts
  • In this fact sheet
  • How many people are hospitalised due to DIY injuries?
  • Who is hospitalised as a result of DIY injuries?
  • What are the main causes of DIY injuries?
  • Types of injury
  • Body region injured
  • DIY injuries involving falls from a ladder or building or structure
  • DIY injuries involving tools and machinery
  • Where can I find out more?
  • References

Recommended citation

AIHW 2017. DIY injuries. Cat. no. INJCAT 185. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 19 April 2017 <>.

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