Time-honored rule of DIY: Accidents happen
An article in Consumer Reports highlighting Home Safety Month listed the top injuries that occur to homeowners doing home repairs, remodeling, yard work and other projects. Citing statistics from the Home Safety Council, the magazine reported that one in five consumers will need medical attention this year, as 43 million homeowners tackle 57 million home improvement projects.
The leading causes of injury were: falling off ladders, getting struck by mower debris, lacerations from a power tools or chain saws, and burns or breathing difficulties caused by household chemicals.
Falls from ladders and stools sent more than 246,733 Americans to hospital emergency rooms in 2009 (the last year for which full statistics are available), according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Lawn mower-related injuries treated in hospital emergency rooms totaled 86,000 in 2009. The most common injuries were caused by debris — such as rocks and branches — being thrown by the mower’s spinning blades
Home power tools resulted in 83,204 emergency room admissions in 2009. The most common injuries involved cuts, especially to the fingers and hands.
Accidents involving paints, solvents, lubricants and cleaning agents, including pool chemicals and gasoline, caused 53,907 emergency room admissions in 2009. Injuries often included chemical burns and breathing problems.
Merit Group names purchasing exec
The Merit Group, a nationwide distributor of paint sundries that does business as Lancaster and Five Star, has announced the appointment of Mike Smith as its new VP procurement. Smith will succeed Pat Rourke, who served as VP procurement since 2003.
Smith has been in the role of president of Merit Supply, a division of the Merit Group specializing in the automotive aftermarket, for the past 11 years and will continue to oversee this division in his new role. Prior to that, Smith held the positions of VP purchasing and purchasing director from 1992 to 2000.
“There are tremendous opportunities ahead for the Merit Group,” Smith said. “I look forward to this opportunity to lead the procurement team as we strengthen the relationships we have with our vendors and partners in the industry.”
Based in Spartanburg, S.C., the Merit Group filed a voluntary petition for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month. The company has obtained a commitment for a $55 million debtor in possession financing from its senior lender to continue operations during the reorganization process. But it has also announced its intention to explore a possible sale as a strategic alternative.
Founded as Lancaster Supply in 1953, Merit Group serves national, regional and independent paint chains, home improvement centers, hardware stores, lumberyards and drywall yards in the United States, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Its distribution centers are located in South Carolina, Florida, Texas, California, Utah, Kentucky, New Jersey and New York.
Year by year, the Home Channel Hall of Fame
The year 2004 marked the inauguration of the Home Channel Hall of Fame, with four deserving honorees, including Home Depot founders Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, inducted during the Golden Hammer Awards ceremony.
The inaugural Hall of Fame induction ceremony also honored Joe Orgill, chairman of Orgill, and Joe Hardy, founder of 84 Lumber.
Here are the Home Channel Hall of Fame inductees listed in chronological order:
2004: Bernie Marcus, co-founder, Home Depot
2004: Arthur Blank, co-founder, Home Depot
2004: Joe Hardy, founder, 84 Lumber
2004: Joe Orgill, Chairman, Orgill Inc.
2005: Dave Hodnik, former Ace Hardware president and CEO
2006: Mike McClelland, President Emeritus, Do It Best Corp.
2007: Robert Strickland, Chairman Emeritus Lowe’s
2008: Howard Ellsberry, Westlake Ace Hardware
2009: Lyle Heidemann, True Value Co.
2010: Pat Farrah, The Home Depot
2011: Larry Stone, Lowe’s Cos.