A safety bulletin has been issued by the health and safety team following a recent fine of a governing body by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). A child trapped her fingers in the hinge of a toilet door which later resulted in a partial amputation. The HSE investigation focused on the fact that a finger guard had not been fitted to a door which they considered to pose a high risk of finger entrapment.
Finger guards are devices that provide protection against fingers entering the dangerous gap between the hinge side of a door and the door frame. A risk assessment should be completed at NCC establishments to identify if there are any doors that may pose a risk of finger trapping to young, elderly and vulnerable people. In establishments where finger guards are already fitted, they should be regularly inspected for signs of damage. The bulletin provides further guidance, including a checklist and generic risk assessment.