SALT LAKE CITY - Martin Door Manufacturing® has introduced a new line of garage doors utilizing one of nature's most enduring metals---copper.
Martin Door Manufacturing has introduced a new line of copper doors to the market. Cooper is rust resistance and will last for centuries. The doors are available with a number of options.

Copper is resistant to corrosion and will last for centuries and has been introduced by the manufacturer in five different patterns or designs.

Martin's copper doors can be customized to any application and also come with the choice of 15 designer and five vista window options. Martin Door Manufacturing offers a lifetime warranty on its copper doors.

In time, copper doors will change to a patina verde finish or can be professionally finished to achieve the desired effect.

Martin Doors, in business since 1936, currently sells to 52 countries.

SALT LAKE CITY - A spokesman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission says that Martin Door Manufacturing® builds its products to a higher standard.

In an Aug. 4, 2002 story in the Salt Lake Tribune, Ken Giles of the CPSC was asked about Martin's commitment to safety and its innovations within the garage door industry to raise national standards.

"They are building to a higher standard," Giles told the newspaper.

Martin Door's history with safety is hardly new. The company is a long-time member of the CPSC's Product Safety circle after the agency solicited the company's involvement, according to Larry Martin, company vice president.

Martin Door, touted as the world's finest and safest door, currently holds nine patents with another 12 pending.

Garage Door Accidents More Than A Fluke, Mets Learn

It is easy to say that he should know better, but it happens too frequently to be considered a fluke. Similar accidents occur thousands of times a year.


Satoru Komiyama is an up-and-coming player within the New York Mets organization. Earlier this season, the Japanese-born pitcher put his team and career in jeopardy by operating a not-so-simple household mechanism.

The Mets hurler got his right middle finger stuck in his garage door. A newspaper report of the accident claimed that the Japanese player said he had trouble with his "garage door system."


Satoru Komiyama
The incident occurred on April 15 and resulted in a lacerated right middle finger for Komiyama, who was on the major league roster at the time. After treatment for the injury, he attempted to warm up in the bullpen the next day, only to have the cut on his hand open up. The right-handed pitcher was then sent to the minor leagues to try and rehabilitate his injured finger and career. He spent almost three months in the minors before being recalled to the major league roster on July 26.
Armando Benitez
If this garage door accident seemed a fluke, a related incident involving teammate Armando Benitez demonstrates that it was not. In early May, the closer for the Mets got his hand caught in an apartment door, according to Jay Horwitz, vice president of Media Relations for the New York Mets. The accident left Benitez with a cut in front of the nail on his right hand and black and blue marks. It left the Mets pitching staff depleted temporarily due to two door accidents.

A simple door accident is one thing, but a garage door accident is another. Komiyama's injury cost the pitcher thousands of dollars. It could have easily cost him his finger and career. Others involved in similar garage door accidents have not been so fortunate.

There are thousands of emergency room visits a year dealing with garage door accidents---more than snow blower and lawn mower incidents combined, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A recent estimate for the CPSC says there were 17,691 accidents related directly to garage door use in 2001 and another 2,730 accidents associated with the garage door opener in the same year. Some of the accidents result in finger amputations, fractures or avulsions.

The garage door is usually the largest moving object in a home. The technology utilized by many manufacturers is the same utilized before the advent of the garage door opener. There are a number of entrapment points, including gaps between section joints where a finger can easily be lacerated or severed when put in the opening. Homeowners use electronic devices to operate their garage door. When these devices fail, the homeowner must open and close their door manually. This is when many serious injuries may occur.

One local manufacturer insists that tighter industry standards are needed to protect the public. Martin Door Manufacturing® of Salt Lake City, Utah initiated new standards in the manufacture of its doors in 1996----resulting in new safeguards on both the front and the back of a garage door. Not a single injury has been reported involving the newly designed garage door since 1996, according to Dave Martin, chief executive officer for the manufacturer.

Martin takes the safety issue personally and has made the closest thing to a foolproof garage door there is in the industry.

Martin has eliminated most all entrapment points for a child, or adult's, hands including holes in the track, the area behind the track, roller shields and rolled track edges and more.

The former chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission cited Martin Door® for its safety innovations and asked that other manufacturers within the industry follow suit. Despite the prodding, no government mandates have yet been issued and thus the wide range of garage doors on the market---some with limited safety mechanisms and others with none.