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Injuries and Accidents that Can Happen in the Garage

Sep 13, 2022
Even the most cautious people occasionally experience accidents. However, let's not ignore the reality that accidents might occur in garages due to carelessness and poor design. In order to prevent accidents and injuries inside your space, it is important to maintain a clean and organized garage. Let's check at some of the most typical injuries and accidents that happen in the garage. And perhaps by taking notice of these, you will be able to properly design and build your garage, and prevent catastrophes from occurring later on.
Eye-related accidents
Eye injuries can happen for a number of reasons. Welding equipment, power tools, workshop grinders, buffers or polishers, bleach, and manual tools are the main causes of eye injuries, according to Prevent Blindness. In hindsight, the majority of hospital emergencies in the US mention that materials used in and around the house might cause eye damage. Although we can't completely stop ourselves from utilizing these things, we can take steps to safeguard ourselves. When working in the garage, start by donning goggles or eye protection. Eye injuries are frequently caused by flying grass clippings from lawn mowers, paint or solvent spills, or home cleaners. Make sure the "Z-87" logo is imprinted on the frames when choosing protective eyewear. Additionally, side-protecting safety glasses or dust goggles to guard against flying debris are advised. It is preferable to wear chemical goggles to protect your eyes from the exposure if you also operate with chemicals like pesticides and fertilizers. Putting on protective goggles over your prescription glasses is also advisable if you wear them. Do not slack off since your ordinary prescription glasses may not provide enough protection and could be the reason for your injury. Wear protective eyewear and a helmet whenever welding or brazing is being done. Additionally, if you are doing lawn maintenance, be sure to check and remove any debris before mowing because flying debris might inadvertently harm you or any onlookers. Last but not least, wash your hands properly after working on something before touching your face and eyes.
Injuries caused by garage doors
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, incidents involving garage doors result in an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 injuries per year, as well as at least five fatalities or cases of brain damage. By their very nature, garage doors weigh close to one hundred pounds. Not only that, but they also include intricate electrical and mechanical parts that, if they break down, might provide risks like a garage door crushing, fingers becoming pinched, or getting trapped in the garage owing to broken springs. Since garage doors are heavy, it is not hard to believe that accidents may occur as a result of this alone. Young children are the most frequent victims since they generally lack the awareness to not pass through a garage door that is closing swiftly. Installing automated sensors in garage doors can help prevent this from happening by taking notice when someone or something is in the garage door's path or field of vision. However, it's important to regularly inspect the doors to avoid further accidents caused by sensor problems. Another statistic shows that more than 7,500 people are reportedly victims of smashed fingers by garage doors each year. The majority of casualties are children yet again. The best approach to stop this is to inform the kids about the risks of a moving garage door. Keep telling kids to stay away from the garage while it moves and to give the garage door room to open and close. In the event that it does occur to you, being trapped in the garage is a distressing event. Given that springs control the door's movement, it is preferable to check to see if they are in excellent shape. Have them changed right away if you see any indications of corrosion, a crack, or loose ends. And if it is outside of your area of competence, allow experts in garage doors to handle it.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Numerous dangers, such as slip-and-fall incidents, might arise when walking through a parking garage. Although each case is different, there are a few common elements that might cause a terrible fall and long-lasting injuries, such as:
Damaged concrete.
As the parking structure becomes older, the surface starts to give up under the strain of all the car entries. People who trip and fall to the hard surface due to cracks and dips in the concrete surface are at risk of injury.
Rebar that has been exposed.
Rebar is a steel rod in a circular shape that is used to keep items in place and strengthen concrete buildings. People regularly slip and fall over exposed rebar due to cracked walls and missing concrete turtles.
Pooled liquids.
Whether it be precipitation, fluids dropping from a parked car, or faulty pipes, these pooled liquids can rapidly turn into a hazardous surface in a parking garage. Stepping over these puddles frequently results in accidents.
Lack of proper lighting.
A poorly illuminated garage can result in catastrophic trips and falls. People may also miss rubbish or puddles on the ground due to low lighting in the parking garage.
Use Overhead Garage Storage
One way to prevent mishaps while using the garage is utilizing garage storage that is installed off the floor. It will minimize your chances of accidentally tripping over your stuff or bumping against a cabinet occupying floor space. A good garage overhead garage storage to use is the Fleximounts GR38 Classic 3′ X 8′ Overhead Garage Storage Rack. It is a ceiling-type installation. The stable and sturdy design is made possible as the grid design and frame are welded together, and the material used is heavy-cold rolled steel. It has a safe and high-loading capacity due to its high-quality construction. It can carry up to 600 lbs in weight. Moreover, Fleximounts includes thicker screws than other brands offering overhead garage storage. The Fleximounts screws go through strict tests to assure of their high quality. This garage storage is height adjustable from 22” to 40” ceiling drop-down. It is perfect for customizing the height fit perfectly for you and your garage space, and it is also suitable for securing either ceiling studs or solid concrete ceilings. Optimizing overhead garage storage is advantageous in avoiding flood damage by storing your things off the garage floor and protecting your items. It will also make your garage look neat and get away from insects and rodents. The integrated grid design is made for easier assembly. Trust us when we say that you do not need to be a pro in construction when installing our overhead garage storage racks. Even newbies can assemble the racks in no time. Everything you need to know when it comes to installation, you can find in the package.