LOAD RELEASE ANTI-LIGATURE FITTINGS

To restore dignity and create a homely environment, vulnerable service users need fixtures and fittings that are familiar and, most importantly, safe.

Existing products failed to address this issue, so we developed a range of load release anti-ligature bedroom and bathroom fittings that are lightweight yet durable.  Plus, they look just like the ones you’d find in a home bathroom – restoring dignity, creating a sense of normality, and helping to aid recovery.  

How it works

HOW IT WORKS

The release mechanism uses a spring hidden inside the anti-tamper casing.  It provides a robust connection that only releases when needed – a simple concept that really works.  

Patent protected (GB2504710)

The anti-ligature bracket is fixed to the wall or ceiling.  When an abnormal load is applied, the lightweight fitting is released, with the components pushing back together afterwards. 

 

Limitations of existing fittings

Traditional anti-ligature fittings can look sanitised and out of line with modern approaches to recovery.  They clearly indicate a different, more institutional environment – and removing them altogether implies that the service user can’t be trusted.

Magnetic fittings

Magnetic fittings

Magnetic anti-ligature systems answer many of today’s requirements.  But as they’re only kept intact by magnets, they can often become detached accidentally due to their multi-directional load release causing frustration.

The most common example is curtains detaching completely when being pulled open or shut.

Because such fittings rely on a perfect magnetic connection, side bracing is often fitted to prevent detachment. 

The magnets in the fittings can make the product heavy – curtains in particular – meaning they make an effective weapon when detached.
 

Plastic fittings

Plastic fittings

When deliberately damaged, plastic based components leave very sharp edges which can be used to self-harm.  Plus some fittings use plastic components that shear to reduce ligature risk – needing replaced after each incident, adding to maintenance costs.
 

Glasgow office

Level 4, Skypark 3
14 Elliot Place
Glasgow
G3 8EP

t: 0330 058 0988

Blackpool office 

Unit 8 Bankfield House
250 Bristol Avenue
Blackpool
FY2 0JF

e: info@safehingeprimera.com

 

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