Beware of door hazards

Heavy wooden, metal, and glass doors can be hazardous to young students. The National Safety Council estimates there are 300,000 finger injuries each year, with 15,000 of those resulting in amputations. Most of these injuries happen to children under age 14. When a door closes, it can exert up to 40 tons of pressure at the hinge area, which can easily snip off a child’s finger.

Installing finger-pinch protection devices is one way to prevent finger entrapment injuries at your school. Two online vendors of these devices are www.fingershieldusa.com and www.fingersafe.com. Your local building supply store may also sell them.

Other finger safety tips include:
  • Ensure door hinges are firmly installed.
  • Adjust automatic door closing mechanisms so doors close slowly, giving children time to remove their fingers.
  • Inspect the ends of panic hardware bars and replace or repair them as needed.
  • Inspect wall-mounted devices like fire extinguishers, glass wall tiles, and signs to ensure they are securely attached. If these items fall, they can smash fingers and toes.

The information provided in this article is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be considered as all encompassing, or suitable for all situations, conditions, and environments. Please contact us or your attorney if you have any questions.

For safety or risk management questions or suggestions, please contact Markel.

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