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Playsafe Consulting Ltd is a professional services provider that specialises in providing playground safety inspections, design consultation and standards training throughout New Zealand. Playsafe's aim is to ensure children enjoy themselves, grow and develop through safe play.
Playsafe Consulting Ltd inspectors are internationally accredited to the Register of Playground Inspectors International (RPII). Playsafe inspects to the NZS:5828 2015 / EN:1176 Playground Safety Standards. We provide inspections, compliance consultancy, HIC surface impact testing and are one of the few approved RPII Level 2 examination centres in New Zealand.
Playground injuries are the leading cause of injury to children ages 5 to 14 in schools.
Lack of supervision is associated with 40 percent of playground injuries. A recent study found that children play without adult supervision more often on school playgrounds (32 percent of the time) than playgrounds in parks (22 percent). Approximately 58% of playground injuries requiring medical attention occur in Schools and are most common among children between 5-9 yrs girls and 10-14 yrs boys. Most common injury times occur between 12pm -4pm.
The most common causes of medical attention from playgrounds is injury suffered from falling-Approximately 70 percent of playground equipment-related injuries involve falls to the surface, and 10 percent involve falls onto equipment. Either to inadequate surfacing or onto hard objects. The most common injury Is long-bone fractures (arms & legs) which are most common from
upperbody overhead activities such as monkey bars, monorails etc. This is generally due to the height of the bars and the quality of the surface below.
Protective surfacing under and around playground equipment can reduce the severity of and even prevent playground fall-related injuries. The risk of injury in a fall onto a nonimpact absorbing surface such as asphalt or concrete is more than twice that of falling onto an impact-absorbing surface.
Much emphasis and effort is being placed on increasing physical activity among children as it promotes good health and prevents obesity. Play is also important in the development of social behaviour, enabling children to interact with their peers. However, with this increase in physical activity and play, there is also an increase in the risk of injury. It is therefore necessary to ensure that safety measures are taken to prevent these injuries.