Surface Impact Test / Fall Height Test

Falling is the most common cause of medical attention from playgrounds and the leading cause of serious head, neck and back injuries in playgrounds. 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).


Playsafe's Certified Surface Impact Test provides verification and assurance that your playground surface meets the requirements of the NZS5828:2015 + EN1177 safety standard specifically for Head Impact Criterion.


The test and report includes a comprehensive electronic inspection report using the Head Impact Criterion (HIC) Surface Impact Tester, to measure and verify your play surface meets the critical fall height requirements of the potential fall heightsof the existing play equipment.

Playground Surface Fall Height Testing

Certified Surface Impact Test provides verification and assurance that your playground surface meets the requirements of the NZS5828:2015 + EN1177 safety standard specifically for Head Impact Criterion.

 

A comprehensive electronic inspection report using the HIC Surface Impact Tester, to check/ verify that your playground's surface meets compliance of the potential fall heights of the existing play equipment.

 

Play Surface Impact Test Includes:

  • Drop Test using the HIC Surface Impact Tester, test results corresponding to activity fall heights.

  • Determination of Critical Fall height from each activity FHF.

  • Severity of the impact measured per drop in terms of the Head Injury Criteria.

  • A drop curve graph is then produced from all selected heights/drops obtained.

  • Digital Test Report stating (Pass/Fail) including photos.

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Why test play surfaces for impact?

Your playground surface is the ''Catchers Mit'' of the playground, especially as statistics show that falls to playground surfaces are around 70% of all serious accidents in playgrounds, therefore it is imperative that your surface will perform properly in the event of a serious fall. Ensure your play surface meets the requirements of head, neck and back injury!

 

All surfaces suffer degradation over time, causing potential non-compliance of impact attenuation. Playsafe's Certified Surface Impact Test provides assurance that your playground surface meets the Head Impact Criterion performance requirements of the NZS5828+ EN1177 safety standards well before failure and injury. A surface impact test will highlight any of these issues.

 

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.​