A frequent injury in a JCC involves a child whose hand or fingers are caught in a closing door. Some times it is a minor pinch. Often it is much more. Fortunately, this is a loss that a proactive JCC can prevent.
Closing doors frequently inflict bruised, cut, or smashed fingers, torn or cracked fingernails, broken bones, and even amputations on unwary children. Injuries that happen very quickly, often before staff can react to prevent them. Basic supervision and monitoring, especially in the proximity of doors, may prevent many of these injuries. Specific areas of focus for proper supervision include the following:
Utilization of appropriate pinch protection hardware may also significantly reduce the potential for injury. For a relatively small cost, a JCC may protect the children it serves from a potential life-altering event by installing such hardware on all doors that are in childcare areas or are frequently used by children.
Fingershield Safety (USA)
Fingersafe USA, Inc.
Extent and method of protection, durability, and costs vary significantly. The different products may not be equally suitable for your specific needs so you should carefully compare their attributes. Whatever hardware you select should prevent (not just discourage) the entry of a finger into the danger zone from both sides of the door. It should protect the door through the full extent of its swing (i.e., it should be capable of protecting doors that open 180 degrees). Attachment should use screws rather than glue for a stronger, more durable connection.
The cost of a few hundred dollars to install this hardware is negligible when compared to the reduction in exposure to the hundreds of little fingers that come in contact with these doors each and every day.
Please call us at 800-463-8546 to discuss this or any other risk management safety tip, or visit our web site at www.redwoodsgroup.com to learn more about JCC risk management issues.