Bookcases, cubbies and other falling objects
Markel receives numerous claims annually involving injuries resulting from falling objects. Some of these claims have involved items such as, bookcases and cubbies that were pulled over onto a young child and resulted in injuries. Injuries usually involve leg or arm fractures. To prevent these types of injuries, it’s important to ensure that bookcases and cubbies are secured to the wall. When teachers want to change their rooms around, ask them to work with the maintenance staff to ensure that relocated bookcases and cubbies are securely attached to the wall.
Another related problem involves storage of equipment on top of cabinets and closets. Retrieving these items can be dangerous— teachers might stand on chairs or tables that collapse, they might drop items, or they might pull down more items than intended, especially if items are stacked on top of each other. Items stored on top of cabinets and closets can also be dislodged due to a variety of other reasons as well. In general, placing items on top of storage cabinets is not a safe practice and should be discouraged.
The CPSC offers these tips to caregivers of toddlers at daycare centers and pre-schools:
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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.