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13-Year-Old Florida Boy is Hospitalized After Being Impaled by a Beach Umbrella in Bizarre Accident


August 14, 2019

GLOUCESTER, MA – According to an online news article published by www.wsbtv.com, a 13-year-old Florida boy was impaled by a beach umbrella while on vacation with his family in Massachusetts.*

While on vacation with his family, a 13-year-old Florida boy was injured when a beach umbrella impaled his left shoulder on Good Harbor Beach in Gloucester, Massachusetts.  The freak accident happened when the wind caused a large beach umbrella to fly into the air and strike two women in the head before impaling the Florida boy in the left shoulder.

According to one witness, the umbrella went “up in the air and hit a couple ladies in the head and came down and impaled a poor boy right in the armpit and there was blood everywhere.”  The boy was transported to Beverly Hospital, where he is expected to recover.

Beach umbrellas have proven to be dangerous for many people.  As bizarre as the Florida boy’s injuries may seem, flying umbrellas happen when they are not adequately secured and pose a risk of harm to anyone nearby.  One witness to the Florida boy’s accident stated that if “there’s any lesson to be learned, (it’s) that people have to get those anchors. . . [t]hat’s the only thing, get those plastic anchor things and it’s not going to blow away, but if you just stick in the sand, that’s what’s going to happen.”

Some Members of Congress Want Stricter Regulations on Beach Umbrellas

Because beach umbrellas can cause serious injuries or death if flown in the air, some members of Congress, including Senators Bob Menendez and Mark Warren, are urging the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)to offer recommendations to consumers about safer beach umbrellas, and provide warnings about how some umbrellas can be dangerous.

According to CPSC statistics, between 2008 and 2017, more than 31,000 people were treated at hospitals for umbrella-related injuries, demonstrating such injuries are very common.  However, not much has been done, according to Senators Menendez and Warren, to help prevent similar accidents in the future.  

As such, Senators Menendez and Warren are calling on the CPSC to (1) provide information on what safety standards are currently in place for beach umbrellas, (2) identify any known problems associated with certain beach umbrellas, and (3) steps CPSC is taking or plans to take to ensure consumers are adequately educated on umbrella safety to help prevent dangerous accidents from causing severe injuries or death.

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Source:https://www.app.com/story/news/local/emergencies/2019/05/02/senators-say-public-should-warned-some-beach-umbrellas-could-dangerous/3645347002/ and https://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-now/teen-hospitalized-after-being-struck-by-beach-umbrella/974826686

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