Commercial Overhead Doors – Worker Injury Claims

A worker is performing a duty within the direction of travel of an automatic overhead door near the ceiling. The door starts to move without warning and the door’s top edge collides with the worker or what he is standing on, causing the worker to fall to the ground.Do you want to learn more? Visit

Each situation is distinct. The result of the argument is determined by circumstances and information provided. No two situations are the same and variables that refer to one situation do not necessarily apply to another.

A worker perched on a ladder, scissor lift, or other elevated platform with no fall precautions, no assistant working at ground level watching him, and no use of safety harnesses or tie off precautions are part of several case scenarios. Without safety restraints in place, most safety protocols restrict working above 6 feet in height.

Typically, another person from the outside has remotely unlocked the door, not realising that anyone is working inside the travel path of the overhead doorway. In every case, after making direct or transferred contact with the overhead door top edge, the worker has fallen off the raised location.

There should be some kind of sensor or safety edge on the top end of the overhead door from the viewpoint of a plaintiff’s attorney, because they do not believe their customers are liable for the incident. Usually, while operating high above the floor, they haven’t asked whether their client was using an approved safety harness or adequate fall protection. Nor did they inquire and ask their client if there was some care given to verify that while they were working close to it the door would not move.

Defense lawyers are finding confirmation that the overhead door is beyond industry norms. And, hoping that their defendant or cross-defendant is beyond fault or blame.

In a number of environments, including industrial settings, vehicle bays, apartment garages, personal homes, loading dock areas, hospitals and hotels, these overhead door collision accidents have occurred.

Relevant standards for door protection have been implemented by the overhead door industry. Motor controllers with particular reverse functions, safety alarms, and emergency push button controls that can fully disable an overhead door system are included in these requirements. Most motor controllers incorporate slip clutches. Depending on the product and manufacturer, these devices allow a particular force resistance to stop the motion of the motor controller from either pushing or pulling the door when the set threshold is reached.