Consumer Product Safety Commission provided an analysis of injuries and deaths associated with playground
equipment that showed an alarming 66 percent of playground injuries and
deaths reportedly occurred at home from 2009 to 2014. That said, emergency
departments treat more than 200,000 children with injuries associated
with playground related injuries occurring at places of recreation like
public parks or schools.
Here are some statistics for injuries that occurred on playground equipment at home:
According to the report, CPSC staff special investigated 34 of the deaths
associated with playground equipment. Sadly, the victim age ranged from
as young as 13 months to as old as 52 years. The average age was 7 years,
and the median age was 5 years. 33 of the victims (97 percent) were under 16.
Of the 34 investigated fatal incidents:
General hazard patterns were mostly equipment related like, “breakage,
tip overs, poor design or assembly, falls from, into, or onto the equipment,
incidental hazards around, but not related to, the equipment, collisions
with other children or the equipment, entrapments, and others.”
81 percent of the reported incidents were equipment-related hazards and falls.
You can ensure your home playground is both entertaining and safe for your
kids by checking equipment for potential hazards and following some simple
safety guidelines and checklist below.
(Provided by the U.S Consumer Product Safety Commission)
These days there are hundreds of playground kits available to purchase
in-store and online and thousands more pieces of playground equipment
available to add to your favorite backyard tree. With these endless options,
many of your friends and neighbors will have playground equipment in their
backyard. Accidents can occur if this equipment is not maintained in a
safe condition by the homeowner, or if the homeowner fails to exercise
reasonable care in supervising young children using the equipment. This
type of liability is known as premises liability.
In addition, many playground accidents occur due to defects with the equipment
itself. If your backyard playground equipment is poorly designed or malfunctions,
the manufacturer could be held liable under
product liability law and you and your family could have a case.
The following are common causes of defective playground equipment accidents:
Playground equipment manufacturers have the responsibility of making a
product available for the general public that is NOT dangerous, defective,
harmful, or otherwise unsafe to use and does not meet the standards for
safety. The responsible parties liable can include the company that made
or produced the product, the maker of parts for a product, and/or the
store that ultimately sold the product to consumers.
There are three main types of
product liability claims:
A piece of playground equipment could be improperly designed, poorly manufactured,
or lack proper warnings, leading to dangerous or deadly accidents. If
this happens, the manufacturer could be liable for any injuries or damages.
If your little one suffers an injury because of broken, defective, or faulty
backyard playground equipment, the
child injury attorneys at Wagner Reese have years of experience in helping families just like
yours. Call us for a risk-free assessment of your case: (888) 204-8440.