Public playgrounds are generally associated with sunny days of laughter with the young ones. Unarguably playgrounds are an ever-popular, cost efficient way of entertaining the kids, but have you considered the dangers of public playgrounds?
Slips, trips and falls are, of course, common playground accidents. Yet, as children run free, are there more severe dangers of public playgrounds to be aware of?
What are the dangers of public playgrounds?
According to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), approximately 40,000 injuries to children on playgrounds each year which result in a hospital visit. This is quite an impressive stat, but if you consider the dangers of public playgrounds, it really will not come as any surprise.
While RoSPA list lack of supervision, misuse of equipment and weather conditions as user causes of playground accidents, there is a substantial list of management causes. RoSPA list these as:
- poor equipment design or failure to comply to standards
- poor design and layout
- unsuitable equipment for the intended age group
- incorrect installation
- poor inspection
- poor maintenance
If your playground accident was caused by management negligence, they can be held liable for the harm and distress you or your child has experienced.
5 most common dangers of public playgrounds
While determining where liability lies is key to any compensation claim, it is also important for parents to understand the dangers of public playgrounds.
Equipment-related falls cause some of the more severe public playground accidents including lacerations, bruising, head injuries and factures. RoSPA list the following five pieces of equipment as the most dangerous, in relation to their involvement in fall injuries:
- Swings: 40 per cent of fall injuries
- Climbers: 23 per cent of fall injuries
- Slides: 21 per cent of fall injuries
- Roundabouts: 5 per cent of fall injuries
- See-Saws: 4 per cent of fall injuries
Claiming compensation for playground accidents
If you, or a loved one, have been involved in a playground accident through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim compensation for the harm and distress experienced.
For more information, and to receive a free initial consultation, speak with one of our friendly advisors at Accident Advice Helpline. Our lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for your convenience.
Call us today at a time to suit you on freephone number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice