The dangerous “play domes” in the new Brooklyn Bridge Park have been removed by New York City. The park had been opened only a couple of months.
See our prior post about how these steel domes became burning hot in the sun. One child suffered 2nd degree burns.
This is a flagrant example of dangerous playground equipment that was defectively designed.
If your child has been injured due to a fall or other accident on playground equipment, such as monkey bars, jungle gym, or slide, here are some issues for consideration:
- Did the equipment create a falling or tripping hazard? A safety engineer will need to inspect the equipment. As in the example of the “play domes”, the equipment may be inherently unsafe by its design.
- Was there adequate padding on the ground surface? As a general rule, it is considered unsafe to leave exposed a concrete floor. It is considered safer to have rubber padding cushion a fall. It has been the practice to use a rubber floor surface below swings and monkey bars.
- Is the equipment in sound condition? For example, if a rung were either missing or loose on the sliding pond ladder, such would be negligent maintainance of the equipment. Another example would be rubber padding which had been old and torn and should have been replaced if there were adequate, regular maintainance.
We have handled playground accident cases. If your child has been injured in a playground accident, please feel free to call me for a free consultation at 800-581-1434 or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark E. Seitelman, 7/16/10, www.seitelman.com.