Generation don’t-do-it-yourself (DDIY) set themselves up for a fall

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Around 83% of people in Yorkshire and Humberside have hired someone in their home in the past 12 months to help with household chores. But 44% don’t safeguard their home to ensure their safety and 53% aren’t aware of their responsibilities when hiring people in their homes.

New research from the UK’s leading network of solicitors, QualitySolicitors reveals that the Yorkshire and Humberside region is an area of DDIY-ers, with the vast majority (83%) now relying on others to do work around the home like gardening, cleaning, decorating or plumbing.

Yet 44% admit they don’t take any steps to protect the people they hire such as clearing stairways, checking smoke alarms and ensuring wiring is safe, which could leave them legally liable in the event of an accident.

The study also highlights that people in Yorkshire and Humberside are not fully aware of their responsibilities when hiring people in their homes. Over half (53%) admit they didn’t realise they were responsible for their health and safety – and therefore could be financially liable if they had an accident and two-thirds (66%) said they wouldn’t have a clue what to do if someone made a legal claim against them, after having an accident on their property.

As a result, they could be left seriously out of pocket if they were put in this situation: around 72% of people in the region don’t have the appropriate cover if the person they hired had an accident and made a claim against them and a further 22% are not confident their insurance would cover legal expenses.

Ian Horner, Partner and Head of the Personal Injury Department, at QualitySolicitors Bradbury Roberts & Raby, comments:

This research shows that whilst most of us wouldn’t think twice about inviting workers into our homes many of us do not spare a thought for the potential consequences of those workers having an accident whilst on our property.

At QualitySolicitors Bradbury Roberts & Raby, we are committed to offering practical advice to help people who have either had a claim made against them or are looking to pursue one themselves after having an accident that wasn’t their fault. We also offer free first advice, so would urge anyone who is unsure of anything, to give us a call for more information.

Top ten people hired in the home

  • Professional property service e.g plumber, builder, electrician
  • Window cleaner
  • Gardener
  • Mobile hairdresser/ beautician
  • Odd job man
  • Cleaner
  • Baby sitter
  • Dog walker
  • PA
  • Carer/ home help

To help educate people around their options and the process if they have suffered an accident that wasn’t their fault, QualitySolicitors Bradbury Roberts & Raby has produced some downloadable tips, that are available at:

For further enquiries contact Debbie Connolly on 01724 854000 or 07710 395010: