Sharks vs. Home Improvement Injuries

A Comparison with the Number of Injuries Associated with Home-Improvement Equipment: 1996

EquipmentNumber of Injuries
Nails, screws, tacks, and bolts198,849
Pruning, trimming, edging36,091
Chain saws13,458
Pliers, wire cutters, and wrenches15,957
Manual-cleaning equipment14,386
Power grinders, buffers, and polishers13,458
Buckets and pails10,907
Room deodorizers and fresheners2,599
Toilet-bowl products1,567
Paints or varnish thinners1,549
Shark injuries and deaths in U.S.A.13

Source of home-improvement equipment injury data: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC, U.S.A. (1997).
Source of shark attack data: International Shark Attack File, 3 February 1998.