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August 03, 2007

Clam Shell Plastic Packages Need to be Banned

Consumerist has a post detailing a story about a guy that stabbed himself with an x-acto knife trying to open a plastic clam shell package.

My colleague came to work waving around a new pair of Sony headphone's he'd bought on the way over, still new in the blister plastic packaging. He was excited because he got such a good deal on them, and tried cutting through the package with a pair of heavy duty scissors. The plastic was unusually strong and was resisting even our most well made scissors (we work in a printing facility, and have lots of types of scissors, all high quality). He switched to the x-acto knife after the scissors were unable to pierce the thick bonded plastic.

We also use these knives regularly and have never had an accident. Well the plastic was so strong he needed to apply a large amount of force to the blade, which caused his hand to slip toward his body and into his abdomen. The cut was deep and he bled through his shirt; we found gauze in the first aid kit and dressed the wound using sterile wipes and pads until he was cleaned up enough to go to the emergency room. I had to use the x-acto knife again to open the package all the way, and it took me nearly ten minutes of precise, careful cuts to get the headphones out, and I use these knives almost every day as part of my various craft hobbies. I literally had to slice all the way around the perimeter of the package, and that was not easy. I doubt somone without a lot of cutting experience could ever have opened this package safely.

I've cut myself a few times trying to open these damn packages. Some of them are so difficult to cut open you need a fresh razor blade and even then it's a struggle.

These packages are simply dangerous. I wonder how many people have cut and stabbed themselves trying to open them. I wouldn't be surprised if someone cut off a finger.

Posted in Politics & Law , Product Reviews & Purchases , Random Thought by usrbingeek at 2007-08-03 04:02 ET (GMT-5) | 2 Comments | Permalink


Forget the scissors, the plastic itself is as sharp as hell. Ive cut my self on that at least twice. I think some companies are finally understanding and changing their packaging. When I bought a cable the other day, I found that on the back was a tear out flap so you could get to the cable without any cutting.

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