Timber / Wood Condition Test

Playsafe's Wood Condition test is non-destructive and is designed to identify structural soundness by using resistance data and is suitable for all wood densities and timber elements upto 300mm diameter.

Why test wood / timber in play areas?

Timber posts and poles in playgrounds are susceptible to rot and decay over time especially within the loose-fill surface depth i.e bark, wood chip etc. Unfortunately unidentified rot and decay can compromise structural integrity and contribute to catastrophic failure of playground equipment and structures, especially on single post reliant equipment such as Log Swings, Flying Fox poles etc.

 

Owners and operators of play areas bear the burden of responsibly in the event of a life changing injury or death, failure to identify risk and comply with standards may be cause for negligence, blame and ultimately fault.

Playsafe's comprehensive inspection services is designed for identifying and reporting hazards in any play area. It provides verification and assurance that all hazards and non-compliance's are identified to the NZS5828:2015 by a independent certified third-party. We provide inspection directly for Schools, Councils, Early Childhood, Manufacturers, Builders, Landscape Architects, Interior designers and Installers.

 

Our inspection services are independent, certified, confidential, police vetted and we carry professional indemnity insurance for professional services. Our play area reporting services are recommended by MoE, ERO and Local Government throughout New Zealand.​

Timber / Wood Condition Test

Timber condition, decay and degradation test

Timber posts and poles in playgrounds are susceptible to rot and decay over time especially within the loose-fill surface depth i.e bark, wood chip etc. Unfortunately unidentified rot and decay can compromise structural integrity and contribute to catastrophic failure of playground equipment and structures, especially on single post reliant equipment such as Log Swings, Flying Fox poles etc.

Playsafe's Wood Condition test is non-destructive and designed to identify structural soundness by using resistance data. Using a rotating 1mm steel needle with a chisel cutting tip we drill a unobtrusive hole into the wood, without compromising any structural makeup of the timber. This method is suitable for various wood densities and timber elements upto 300mm diameter.

The inspection drill captures resistance data that provides indication of decay or cavity found inside the wood. Detection of cavities, decays and cracks in the timber are felt through the drilling penetration and reported by the inspector. The test identifies decay by measuring the resistance of the wood to detect areas of low density and helps the inspector note areas for further investigation or replacement.

 

The inspection improves safety and prevents unnecessary removal of healthy wood by taking the extra step to provide subjective data on the internal state of the wood and helps ensure timber decay hazards and identified well before failure and injury. The report includes photos, assessment and recommendation.

 

Wood Condition Test Features:

  • Cost-saving preliminary investigation

  • Prevent premature replacement

  • Structural stability check as per NZS5828:2015

  • Detection of wood decay, cavities and cracks

  • Evaluation of the wood quality and lifespan

  • Assessment and recommendations

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Standards Guide

A Guide to the NZS5828:2015 Playground Standard

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