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Every year 1000 Victorians fall off ladders requiring admission to hospital emergency departments according to the Alfred Hospital. Last week champion golfer Greg Norman proudly announced that he likes to do handy man work around his property. The next day he nearly lost his hand doing some chainsaw work.

What’s the message here for us all?

Its great to be active and independent.It brings self esteem,exercise and can save you a dollar but there can be a price to pay if its too hard, too heavy, the equipment is faulty or you are rushing. Do these handyman things with care, awareness and preparation. Plan the event and weigh up the cost versus your time and safety.

Be smart, be aware, be careful…be your own Activity Detective.