Inspection / Audits
Our play inspections reports are unique, both comprehensive, practical and are a solutions focused working document.
We provide play area inspection for Council Parks, Schools, Early Childhood and Commercial Playgrounds.
What we do
Playsafe Consulting Ltd is a professional services provider that specialises in providing playground safety inspections, surface impact testing, design review and inspection training throughout New Zealand.
Playsafe's aim is to ensure children enjoy themselves, grow and develop through safe play.
We are internationally accredited to the Register of Playground Inspectors International (RPII) and inspect to the NZS:5828 2015 / EN:1176 Playground Safety Standard.
Playground injuries are the leading cause of injury to children ages five 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 percent of playground injuries requiring medical attention occur in schools and are most common among girls between five and nine, and boys between 10 and 14.
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, this is either onto inadequate surfacing or onto hard objects. The most common injury is a long-bone fracture (involving arms and legs) and these are most common from upper body, overhead activities like monkey bars and monorails.
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.
The aim should be to make sure that children enjoy themselves, grow and develop through safe play. See Playsafe's 8 effective playground injury prevention measures: