Little fingers + big doors = trouble
Heavy wooden, metal, and glass doors can be hazardous to children. Markel has received a number of claims for youth who have severely fractured or amputated fingers in doors, usually occurring on the hinge side of the door.
The National Safety Council estimates there are 300,000 finger injuries each year, with 15,000 of those resulting in amputations. The overwhelming majority of these injuries happen to children under the age of 14.
Installing finger pinch and door hinge guards is a key means of preventing injuries at your facility. You can purchase these devices from Fingersafe.com and other manufacturers. Your local building supply store may also sell them. Other finger safety tips include:
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.