Personal Injury and Playground Safety Information All Parents Should KnowMark Clore ·
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), more than 200,000 American children are taken to the emergency room every year after being hurt on a playground. An average of one child each month dies as a result of their visit to the park as well. While some people might argue that we live in a society that is over-conscious of safety, these numbers tell the true story. Today's playgrounds are designed to protect children while they play and there is an expectation that precautions have been taken to prevent personal injury from occurring. Greatest Risks On playgrounds, children are most-often hurt when falling from equipment to the ground. The danger is amplified when the ground below is a hard surface, like dirt or grass. Heat is also a major concern, as children can easily burn themselves on hot slides or on the ground if permitted to play without shoes. There has been at least one case reported of woodchips spontaneously combusting due to heat. The incidents most commonly identified usually involve neglectful behavior by the equipment's owner, though a full list is detailed below.
- Falls or equipment failure (67%)
- Hazards near equipment (8%)
- Collisions with equipment or other children (7%)
- Becoming entrapped or entangled (7%)
- Climbing Structures
- Monkey Bars (also referred to as overhead ladders)
- Make sure the ground has a soft covering, like woodchips, mulch, or sand, to a depth of at least 12 inches.
- The protective covering should extend at least 6 feet out from all equipment.
- Guard rails should surround all elevated platforms and the space between bars should be less than 3.5 inches or greater than 9 inches.
- Ensure there are no tripping hazards.
- Double check that equipment has been properly maintained and is in good condition.
- Do not allow your child to attach ropes or leashes to equipment, as it poses a strangulation risk.
- Check for sharp points or edges on equipment.
- Supervise your child while he plays.
Charleston Personal Injury AttorneyIn the United States, there is an expectation for the owners of playground equipment to ensure it is safe and well maintained. This is true whether it's public equipment, like at a park, corporately-owned- perhaps at a mall, restaurant, or apartment complex, or even a swingset at a personal residence. If your child was hurt because the owner of playground failed to maintain it or provide a safe environment, you could be entitled to compensation to assist with medical bills and other needs.Contact us online or speak directly with one of our lawyers by calling 1(800)610-2546.
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