- Created on Wednesday, 29 November 2006 05:00
Employee recognized and fixed potential danger from maternity windows
Across the U.S., more than 5,000 children are injured each year after falling from windows, and young children are most at risk.
Dave Nelson probably didn’t know this statistic, but he did know a potentially dangerous situation when he saw one. And he did something about it – within days.
Hallmark Health System (HHS) Director of Engineering and System Safety Officer Justin Ferbert tells the story of Dave Nelson, an HHS carpenter and locksmith.
Earlier this year, Dave was on Maternity 6 at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital and was asked by a family with small children who were visiting a new mom to help them open a window to get some fresh air. Typically, windows in a hospital aren’t operable, both for safety and energyefficiency reasons. But in some cases – trying to balance these factors with positive patient experience – windows can open, usually with permission and with a hospital employee helping to open them.
On Maternity 6, the windows opened all the way. Dave determined that this posed a safety hazard, particularly because young children often visit the unit. So within a couple of days, he installed blocking mechanisms on all 20 or so windows so they can’t open more than 3 inches.
Diana Richardson, HHS vice president for Facilities, Support and Professsional Services, added that “as a result of this, we reviewed other
windows as well and did the same retrofit to the windows on the Labor and Delivery Unit on the second floor. Thanks to Dave for spotting the
potential hazard and making sure it got resolved.”
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