4/16/2014 - Shopping-cart injuries among children common
When parents go to the grocery store, they expect it will be like any normal trip to the market, where they get what's needed for the week and head back home to unpack everything. But according to a recent study, when parents bring their children with them, there are occasions where their kids are injured in shopping car-related injuries - a concern both for business owners as well as moms and dads everywhere.
The analysis - which was performed jointly by the Center for Injury Research and Policy as well as The Research Institute and Nationwide Children's Hospital - discovered that between 1990 and 2011, there were nearly 530,500 kids who were hurt as a result of a shopping cart. The injuries were serious enough for many to be treated in the emergency room. This translates to about one child being treated in the ER every 22 minutes.
"The findings from our study show that the current voluntary standards for shopping cart safety are not adequate," said Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children's Hospital. "Not only have the overall number of child injuries associated with shopping carts not decreased since implementation of the safety standards, but the number of concussions and closed head injuries is actually increasing."
He added that to prevent kids from being injured in shopping carts - which typically occurs when the carriages tip over - it's high time that shopping cart safety standards be strengthened.
In 2004, a voluntary shopping cart safety standard was passed and signed into law by the U.S. Congress, the organizations noted in their report.
For these and many other reasons, businessowners insurance is a key component of operation for company managers who operate markets and grocery stores. Safety experts have recommended that grocery chains may want to consider installing safety belts in their carriages so that young children can be strapped in.