Overhead door drops onto the head of a guy trying to get his car serviced
While visiting a dealership and waiting for his car to be serviced, a man
wandered into the garage service area where cars were being worked on.
The door was open at the time he walked in, and as he leaned against the
large door frame, the overhead door curtain rapidly descended upon him,
hitting him on the back of the neck and knocking him to the ground. There
was no audible or visual warning that the door would be descending.
Car service areas at dealerships usually have high speed overhead doors
that close off the mechanic’s service areas from the outside elements
and the public. These doors rise and fall quickly and they generally operate
with opening speeds of between 8 and 10 feet per second. That is considered
to be lightning fast when you compare it to the 15 to 45 seconds for regular
overhead doors. The high speed overhead doors do not descend as fast as
when they go up, but they do come down faster than standard overhead doors.
All overhead doors that operate automatically require sensors to safely
function. Underwriters Laboratories has set standards for automated gates
and overhead doors that specifically detail required sensor systems based
Mike Panish, Automatic Door & Gate Expert Witness, is retained across
the country by both plaintiff and defense for personal injury cases involving
overhead doors, automatic doors, manual door systems, and gates. Over
the years, he has been retained on a number of cases involving car dealerships
or similar facilities where high speed doors have descended upon people.
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