The Importance of Overhead Door Stops

The Importance of Overhead Door Stops

When thinking about workplace safety, garage doors may not be the first things that come to mind. However, industrial garage doors are unfortunately responsible for many workplace accidents, with nearly 20,000 people suffering garage door injuries every single year, according to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). Some studies estimate this number to be as high as 30,000 people. Within those injuries, roughly 2,000 are crushed by a falling door, and another 7,500 have a body part, usually hands or fingers, pinched by a closing door. Garage doors can weigh hundreds of pounds, so even the sturdiest and strongest man can be easily injured by one that malfunctions. Being extra cautious and aware of your surroundings is obviously an important part of staying safe and preventing injuries, and every workplace should have safety standards in place. But there’s only so much you can do to protect yourself if a door malfunctions.

All of this points to why it’s absolutely crucial to ensure garage door safety with Safe-T-Support’s overhead door stops. While other safety devices are already commonly used, they do not offer the same level of safety as our overhead door stops. Common devices, such as infrared sensors, are widely used, but don’t offer nearly enough protection as they are fully dependent on existing mechanisms in place to lower and raise the garage door. If one of these parts fails, there is nothing an infrared light can do to prevent it from falling and causing a serious injury. Even the most modern garage doors with sensors can malfunction.

Our overhead doors are designed as an additional safety measure to physically stop a falling door in its tracks, something that an infrared light, or any other product on the market, can’t do. When it comes to ensuring the safety of your employees, Safe-T-Support is the only option.

Are Overhead Door Stops Necessary?

In a word, yes. If and when a garage door malfunctions, it puts everyone in the vicinity at risk. If it falls on someone, it can result in serious injury, or even death. Many scenarios can lead to serious injury for an employee, which can have rippling effects on overall production. While businesses should always be aware of the costs associated with improved safety measures, this is one that is a no-brainer, as no business should have to deal with the potential legal fallout, as well as the very real human tragedy, of a workplace accident. Every workplace should have safety measures such as overhead door stops in place to prevent accidents from falling garage doors.

Overhead Door Stop Features & Installation

Safe-T-Support’s overhead door stops are designed to stop falling garage doors in their tracks. We offer four options of these overhead door stops, each with slightly different features to match your needs. Each option have the following features:

  • Two safety arms, one for each side of the garage door
  • Arms are mounted to the garage door track using supplied clamps, which are designed for a standard 2” garage door track
  • Custom mounting options

Additionally, installation is simple for all four options we offer. Safe-T-Support offers installation anywhere. Learn more about the different options available for our products.

Contact Us Today

Workplace safety is of the utmost importance, and Safe-T-Support knows that. We are committed to providing you with the necessary tools to ensure the highest levels of workplace safety. If you’d like to learn more about our overhead door stops and how they could improve the safety of your workplace, get in touch with us today.