Ambulance service issues DIY warning after Dunmow pensioner injures himself using an angle grinder

12:22 17 March 2014

Archant

People have been urged to take care doing DIY after a Dunmow man was injured by an angle grinder.

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) issued the warning after being called to the incident shortly after 3pm yesterday.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance and a land ambulance were both dispatched to the scene off the B184.

An EEAST spokesman said: “A man in his 70s suffered a wound to his thigh and we managed to control the bleeding at the scene. He was conveyed to Broomfield Hospital by land where his condition wasn’t thought to be life threatening.”

The ambulance service’s tips for staying safe during DIY are:

• Wear protective clothing including safety goggles, gloves and dust mask when working with potentially hazardous materials;

• When painting, or using any material that generates toxic fumes or dust, keep the room well ventilated;

• Always use the correct tools for the job;

• Store tools in a safe place;

• When using knives, always cut away from you;

• When fixing or checking electrical appliances or connections, always switch off the power;

• Erect ladders according to the manufacturer’s instructions; and

• Don’t rush as you’re more likely to have an accident and carefully plan the job before you start work.

0 comments

More news stories

Yesterday, 16:53
Uttlesford District Council headquarters on London Road, Saffron Walden.

Uttlesford District Council are warning residents after a scam letter requesting money for outstanding council tax charges is being circulated in the area.

Yesterday, 13:34
After the work: Residents say the work performed was

Residents in Stebbing Green are up in arms after a established wildlife habitat was “bulldozed” by the parish council last week.

Yesterday, 09:09
Firefighters getting ladders off fire engine

Arsonists set fire to a derelict school last night (Thursday).

Thu, 17:37
Chelmsford Crown Court

Five charges of alleged historic sex offences at an Essex fire brigade training centre in Witham have been dropped by prosecutors.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Dunmow Broadcast e-edition E-edition

Most read stories