Home Elevators Killing Children – Easy Fix Ignored

Safety Research and Strategies Inc., a leader in safety engineering and failure analysis has recently published an expose’ on the shocking number of children killed and maimed in elevators with swing type outer doors. The information SRS has gathered presents a very disturbing picture of neglect spanning decades. Although the worlds leading elevator manufacturer has known of the problem for over 75 years, and has taken steps to try to remedy it dating back to the 1930’s, the danger remains. This trap strikes the youngest and most vulnerable children, those 3-12 years of age. The danger grows greater as more and more home elevators are installed each year across the country.

The danger exists because of excessive space between the door to the elevator car and the swing door. The child can slip between the two doors. When the elevator is called to another floor the outer door locks trapping the child. What happens when the elevator begins to move is tragic. A simple fix patented in 1933 can stop these tragic accidents. The number of unsafe elevators is in the tens of thousands.

This is particularly troubling because thousands of swing door type elevators are found in homes with children, and children are the victims of this dangerous product. It is essential that this information be broadcast as widely as possible to protect children from this  danger.

Another shocking disclosure is the fact that ASME, the organization charged with setting standards, knows about the problem and knows how to fix it, yet it refuses to act. View the entire article here: http://www.safetyresearch.net/2013/07/11/the-elevator-design-hazard-thats-been-killing-children -for-decades/

The article also describes the efforts of personal injury attorneys and the families of dead and severely injured children to ensure these tragic events are not repeated by ensuring the safety rules do what they are supposed to do, and existing elevators are rendered safe. Too often known dangerously defective products remain on the market. Often court action is the only way to force a remedy.

If you’ve been injured by a defective product contact our Vancouver, WA personal injury attorneys for a free case review.

Children’s Booster Seats Kids Threatened by Lack of Safety Rules

When it comes to your child’s safety in your car you don’t care what you have to spend, you will buy the best booster seat you can find. You might find assurance in the manufacturer’s claim that the seat meets or exceeds all federal government standards for child safety seats. If you think that means anything you are in for a surprise.

Recent disclosures have informed the public that meeting the federal safety guidelines is basically meaningless. As The Safety Institute blog recently pointed out, a three ring binder filled with paper and wrapped in duct tape would “meet or exceed” the federal standard. The failure to produce meaningful safety standards for child booster seats has led to the marketing of blatantly unsafe seats. Among these are inflatable seats that offer many risks for misuse or failure needlessly endangering small children.

Look for a solid seat without excessive padding that interacts with the manufacturer supplied safety belt system to secure the child and the seat. The seat should not have a risk of deflation, accidental or caused by a curious child. The seat material should not compress beyond what is necessary to pad the seat for comfort.

Apply some common sense as well. If you can easily dislodge the seat by lifting the front or rear when it is properly belted down the same thing can happen in a crash. Don’t accept claims of compliance with federal standards as a mark of safety. Just as the flammability standards for children’s clothing leave children at severe risk the standards for booster seats expose children to unsafe products.