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November 18, 2003 01:38 AM

Broken: Safety sign on door

 Alex Cook writes:

These pictures are from my work. I think that our safety officer is going a bit far by posting instructions to open doors! Perhaps he has too many acquaintances in the litigation business.



I bet a lot of people "pull" on the door rather than "push". From the pictures you included I can see how most people would pull on those door handles rather than push.

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Posted by: Paul at November 19, 2003 03:10 PM

Even so, I think a better choice of signage would be one word; "PUSH", rather than a paragraph on how to open the door.

Posted by: Chaz Larson at November 20, 2003 10:08 AM

Btw, how do you "push inward"?

Posted by: Jim at November 21, 2003 02:17 AM

Form and function. Door handles, by their shape, should tell you whether they should be pushed or pulled.

Posted by: Jerry at December 1, 2003 05:22 PM

I think it's supposed to read, "Don't Run Into The Door", which is common sence, espically to a doctor. On the other hand, they could have hired some dumb fuck for a doctor, but that's just me.

Posted by: Andrew Rigby at January 15, 2005 12:48 PM

I can't speak for anyone else, but any time I've seen door handles shaped like the ones shown in the photo, I've intuitively known that I need to rotate the handle to disengage the latch, and the swinging direction of the door is easily deduced by examining the jamb configuration...

Posted by: Brian at March 17, 2005 02:28 PM

Without signs like that, I'm sure I'd be dead today. Some machines are just to complex and dangerous to be operated without instructions.

Posted by: acb at May 31, 2005 08:34 PM

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