Finger trap hazards

Finger trap hazards

Most of us will have caught our fingers in a door or drawer, sustaining little more than a bruised nail. But, doors and equipment with finger trap hazards can have serious consequences.

Children who get their fingers and hands caught in doors could end up with life-long injuries, according to an association of plastic surgeons.

Fingertip injuries can make it harder for a child to carry out everyday tasks later in life, such as tying a shoe or holding a mobile phone.

These serious door-crushing injuries can be prevented by installing inexpensive door-stoppers or safety catches, the British Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons (Bapras) said.

In one case, Salford City Council was fined £20,000 in crown court and ordered to pay costs of £3,632 following an accident at a special needs primary school. The prosecution was taken by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a six-year-old pupil with autism and learning difficulties lost the tips of three fingers when his left hand became trapped in a school gate.

Fitting Fingersafe products can prevent horrific injuries occurring.

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