DIY accidents are expected to soar as millions of homeowners start work on repairs over the Easter Bank Holiday.

There were more than 20,000 DIY-related injuries last April, compared to 47,000 for the first three months of 2000, with the largest cause of injury being falling from a ladder.

But according to Longford Insurance, few people consider the impact DIY-related injuries can have on their job.

Property surveyor Stuart Robinson ended up with his foot in plaster for six months after falling from a garden shed he was mending.

He was unable to drive but was able to keep mobile because he had Chaufferplan replacement car cover.

Longford Insurance director John Bull said: “Most of us have done some sort of DIY in our homes or gardens, but normally would not even consider that a simple DIY task at the weekend could result in a hospital trip and weeks of not working.”