The NHS and emergency services are raising awareness of the risks lanyards can pose in even minor traffic collisions.
The warning was prompted by a number of serious traffic accidents where lanyards have resulted in serious injuries which could otherwise have been avoided.
The key message of this warning is to ask drivers to remove any lanyards they may be wearing before driving. The unpredictable and forceful movement of objects following a crash – or the deployment of an airbag for minor accidents – can result in very serious injuries.
In a statement on social media, one of the regional UK Police services stated; "There have been a couple of serious traffic accidents of note where the wearing of identity lanyards around the drivers' necks has exacerbated the severity of the injuries sustained.
"This type of accident is fortunately unlikely, however staff, officers and volunteers should be aware of the hazard and how to avoid it.
"One driver was involved in a minor car accident and was wearing their company lanyard and pass.
"The car airbag was deployed on impact and the force of the airbag caused the lanyard and pass to be pushed into the driver's chest, causing a lung to collapse and hospital treatment required.
"Had the person not been wearing their lanyard and pass at the time, they would have most likely walked away relatively unscathed.
The post went on to say: "In another accident, an NHS worker stored a lot of keys on her lanyard for medicine cabinets, lockers etc.
"She got into her car and was driving home, but did not remove her lanyard. Unfortunately, she also had a crash that triggered the airbag.
"The force of the airbag caused the keys to perforate her bowel; she was in hospital for over 6 weeks, off work for over 6 months, [and may face long-term consequences]."
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