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Garage Door Spring Accidents
(Definition & How it Work’s)

Garage door spring accidents can happen when the springs on the door are defective, worn out, or improperly installed. Victims who have been hurt in a garage door spring accident may be able to file a lawsuit seeking damages against the manufacturer or installer.
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What are Garage Door Springs?

Garage door springs are coils made of large gauge steel wire that use torque or rotating force to open a garage door. The springs are typically located above the garage door. Most garage doors weigh between 200 to 500 pounds, depending on the door type and size.

How Do They Work?

When the garage door closes, the spring is twisted, which stores rotational energy. When the garage door opens, the spring opens the door and goes back to its equilibrium state. The spring’s rotational energy exerts the force required to lift the door. The garage door opener initiates the opening and closing of the garage doors, with the springs doing the heavy lifting.

Why are Garage Door Springs Dangerous?

Garage door springs can be dangerous when they suddenly fail. Since the springs are under constant tension, a sudden failure can cause the springs to violently break apart. Without the right safety measures in place, a sudden spring failure can result in severe injuries to anyone nearby, as well as property damage.

What Injuries Occur from Garage Door Springs Breaking?

Many injuries, including lacerations, broken wrists or fingers, and head injuries have occurred when garage door springs break. A malfunctioning spring can also cause the garage door to slam shut unexpectedly, which is why it’s important to never walk directly underneath your garage door.

How Common is it for Garage Door Springs to Break?

Garage door springs usually break in cold weather, which makes the metal more brittle, and while the door is in the down position because that’s when the springs are under the most tension.

You can tell if your spring is broken by just looking at it. If you have a standard torsion spring, it’s centrally located over the garage door opening. Look up and see if the coil is physically separated into 2 pieces.

How Do I Make My Garage Door Springs Safe?

Have a professional inspect and replace your garage door springs. The springs are most dangerous when they’re at the end of their working life. Have a knowledgeable and experienced professional check the springs and replace them if necessary.

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