Thursday, April 13, 2006

Accidents in the home

Slightly bizarre claims in this page on the Saga website

Claims that "according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), most accidents in the home are caused by human error and are preventable." I had a quick look at the RoSPA site and couldn't find the reference. However, my view is that you can't say because an accident is caused by human error it is preventable. Especially as the Saga article goes on to say that "age plays a part in susceptibility to being hurt at home."

Anyway, some interesting data from the latest government figures (I presume this is from 2004 or 2005) include:
  • 37,048 people had to go to hospital because of mishaps involving slippers in 1998.
  • 1543 sustained injuries involving tissue paper,
  • 371 had accidents putting on their underwear -
  • 59 people got hurt in accidents involving Blu-tack!
  • 4000 die annually in the home
  • 70 die from accidents when doing DIY.

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