ACC has just released figures showing that home handy men in New Zealand injure themselves to the tune of $50 million a year.
Which is a drop in the bucket when compared with the total ACC bill of $4 billion per annum.
Unsurprisingly this is the worst time of year for DIY accidents. Obviously when you are not at work slaving over a hot keyboard all day you have time to clean the gutters and fall off the ladder in the process.
Another reason for the Christmas DIY injury increase is that Santa leaves dad a new nail gun in his stocking and in his excitement and eagerness to try it out Dad nails himself to the wall.
Anyway the bit that has me scratching my head is the number of spanner injuries.
According to the Herald's report on last years figures there were 12 spanner injuries last year that cost ACC $144,000 or on average $12,000 for each one they covered.
Unsurprisingly chainsaws accounted for more ACC covered injuries than spanners, 61 in fact but the total bill for these injuries was $207,000 or an average of $3393 for each one.
To be sure I have suffered a few spanner injuries myself over the years, usually by using a crescent spanner instead of a ring spanner or socket and banging my knuckles as a result. But how do you seriously hurt yourself with a spanner?
I'm sure there is an obvious answer that I have missed.
Anyway one proposed solution to the DIY injury problem is to run courses on ladder safety and so forth. Courses are the solution to everything in our complex world. Usually run by people who are living proof of the old adage "them that can do, them that can't teach".
So in order to save the skin on my knuckles I will be purchasing a new set of ring spanners this summer but will probably not bother with signing up for the course "safe use of spanners".