Australian tech company replace door knobs with foot handles in their battle to stop the spread of COVID-19 among their staff
- Business finds an alternative to using door handles in their Melbourne office
- The firm has used wall brackets as foot handles at the base of the doors
- An employee took to social media to share footage of the new foot handles
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A tech company has replaced its door knobs with foot handles in its battle to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Charles Caruana, from Craigieburn, north of Melbourne, shared video of the clever alternative to door handles, which were installed on Monday.
‘Help stop the spread, attach a simple bracket to the bottom of your internal doors to totally stop the use of door handles,’ Mr Caruana wrote.
An employee at a Craigieburn business, north of Melbourne, shared an ingenious idea they came up with to replace door handles and combat the spread of COVID-10
The company used a simple bracket screwed into the door as a foot handle alternative to using the door handle, an idea which gained praise on social media
Mr Caruana demonstrates how the handle works in the video.
Instead of grabbing the handle when he arrives at the door he places his foot on top of the bracket at the bottom and pulls the door open.
By doing so he is able to get through the door without delay and without having to touch the handles with his hands.
Twitter users were quick to praise the simplicity of the idea.
‘Great idea!,’ one user replied.
‘Clever,’ another added.
‘Smart and constructive,’ a third user wrote.
There are now 411 cases of coronavirus confirmed in Victoria.
Premier Daniel Andrews said there had been 56 new positive cases identified since Monday morning.
The increased tally comes as the first full day of Victoria’s shutdown sees all schools closed, empty courts and most of the hospitality industry crumbling.
Across Australia 1886 people have been diagnosed after NSW reported 149 new cases overnight and Victoria reported 56 more since Monday morning.
This is up from the last national tally taken at 3pm on Monday when 1709 confirmed cases were recorded. Another update is expected later on Tuesday.
The number of deaths remains at seven, with six in NSW.
Across Australia 1886 people have been diagnosed after NSW and VIC recorded a combined 205 new cases on Monday