Playgrounds & Pools

Causation

The plaintiff in a playground injury case will not automatically establish a school’s liability by proving that an unsafe condition or practice existed on the playground. If the school’s conduct did not cause the injury, it cannot be held liable even if a serious defect exists. For example: A child falls from a slide ladder…

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Seven Steps to a Safer Pool

Originally published in NYSIR News – Spring 2000 Whether swimming is part of physical education class, the pool is used by the swim team and open for swim meets, or it is a community resource after school hours, pool rules need to be posted, followed and enforced. Enforcing these safety measures and following regular maintenance…

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Relocating a Playground?

This article was originally published in NYSIR News – Winter 2011/2012 Plan Now to Ensure a Smooth Process in the Spring To relocate a playground, (or build a new one), select a site with an adequately sized footprint for the items. The space required for different types of playground equipment is explained in the US…

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Are Your Playgrounds and Pools ADA Compliant?

Originally published in NYSIR News Fall 2012 The United States Department of Justice recently enacted changes for new or expanded public playgrounds and new or existing public pools under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).In the past, accessibility in these areas was covered by guidelines. Now accessibility is mandatory. The accessibility changes for playgrounds became…

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Impact of Concussions

The Centers for Disease Control offer an excellent training video on understanding the impact of concussions, and recognizing it in athletes. We strongly recommend that you send this link to all district staff involved in sports activites and ask that they view it. The link is: http://www.cdc.gov/concussion/HeadsUp/Training/HeadsUpConcussion.html

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Public Playground Safety Handbook

U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publication#325 is available in printed format from NYSIR Risk Management personnel or you can view a PDF version. To visit the home page follow this link.

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