Mention the name Ken Kutska to any Certified Playground Safety Inspector, and you’ll get a nod of recognition. As past president of NRPA and author of Playground Safety Is No Accident, Kutska is a legend in the parks and recreation industry. He likes what he’s seen of CityReporter.
A new study shows that the rate of playground-related traumatic brain injuries significantly increased between 2005 – 2013. The authors acknowledge improvements in playground safety but point out that conducting regular inspections for safety hazards and improving surfacing could help reduce injuries on monkey bars and swings.
Recreation Management magazine put together a great article with input from play equipment manufacturers, the NRPA, and CPSIs to provide valuable advice on what a good playground maintenance program entails.
Hospitalizations due to playground injuries grew 8% between 2007 and 2012. Find out which Canadian provinces have the highest injury rates and what Keith Thomas, risk management expert for the Manitoba School Boards Association, is doing about it.
The news has been shining a spotlight on the use of recycled tire rubber in playgrounds and sports fields. Learn why we started recycling tires, who got the idea to turn them into safety surfacing, and what studies have been done to examine the health risks.
Playgrounds at the Tucson Unified School are in rough shape, and now they’re in the news. In 2013, a child sustained a brain injury after falling from a slide. In 2014 and 2015, several playgrounds at closed schools remained accessible to the public, generating negative press when it was revealed they had significant safety hazards with exposed concrete slabs in fall zones.
Local governments, state agencies, and even the federal government are moving to the cloud. As a result, they’re seeing cost savings, improved communication, and increased transparency. The one thing holding governments back is concerns about who retains control of the data.
John McGovern, one of the leading experts in playground accessibility, explains what cities, school districts, or other local governments need to know about auditing their existing playgrounds for accessibility, and whether all playgrounds need to be retrofitted to meet ADA standards.
Failure to inspect pool drain covers resulted in a child’s death in China. North American pools can have these hazards, too, but inspection software can help by highlighting when inspections are overdue or which items aren’t compliant.
After discussions with municipalities across North America, we uncovered several problems that all city departments doing inspections seem to face, no matter their location or size.
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