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South West insurer reveals top five DIY pitfalls

Cornwall’s top five DIY disasters have been revealed by 2014 exhibitors and local insurer Cornish Mutual to help reduce the number of accidents, damage and injuries happening every year in Cornish homes.

With more and more of us attempting DIY jobs rather than getting in the experts, Cornish Mutual’s Member Services team, which is at the front line of dealing with household claims, says there is an alarming similarity in the mishaps people suffer.

The five most common DIY related claims are:

Alan Goddard, managing director of Cornish Mutual, said: “Our experience is that people often take on DIY jobs that are beyond their capabilities or that they fail to prepare properly or take into account the risks and how to avoid them.

“Hitting pipes or cables when drilling or stepping through the ceiling whilst working in the loft is the stuff of comedy sketches but it is not funny when it happens in your own home and could leave you with a big repair bill, or worse, lead to serious injury.”

Basic preventative measures include:


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Cornish Mutual is the only general insurer based in the South West offering insurance to individuals, businesses and farms. 

In 2012, the Truro-based firm became the first mutual insurance company in the UK to hold Chartered Insurer status, one of 24 insurers in the country to achieve the highest level of recognition from the CI institute.

Cornish Mutual provides household, commercial, farm, events and personal accident insurance across Cornwall, Devon, Somerset and Dorset. For more information visit: