Playground Surfacing - Fall Height Testing

Safety Surface Product Testing

Undertake Impact attenuating HIC testing on nominated surface product system to determine critical fall height for repeatability use. Testing completed over 100mm concrete using HIC test methods and report.


  • HIC Graphs and drop testing data                                              

  • Certification verification to NZS:5828:2015 / EN1176 / EN1176:2008

  • Issue certificate of compliance valid for 3 years

​Ideal for:

Any playground surface products, loosefill material, synthetic rubber surfaces, tiles, wet pour rubber, Turf grass, foam etc

Testing Equipment

Playsafe uses the Ferrari of impact testing gear - the HIC Meter Tester. This is the latest in surface testing technology worldwide and is unrivaled in New Zealand.


How does it work:

The machine is a measuring device that mimics the head throughout a potential fall, the aluminum head-form is full of sensors that measure speed / velocity, Gmax and height. 

Throughout the site test, we establish the free height of potential fall from each play activity to the surface below and then perform a series of drops and find out if your surface complies to the corresponding play activity height. This is done right throughout the playground.

Importance of a Playground Surface

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.


All surfaces suffer degradation over time, causing potential non-compliance of impact attenuation.

A surface impact test will highlight any of these issues. We can test just about any surface medium, including:

Loosefill Surfaces (Bark, Woodchip, Gravel, etc)

Loosefill surfaces break down, harden and compact and lose depth over time. A surface impact test will highlight any compliance issues and the report will also measure depth, quality and top-up required. 

Synthetic surfaces (Rubber, Tiles, Wetpour, Artificial Turf, etc)

Synthetic surfaces benefit the most from impact testing. These mediums are highly affected by heat and ultra violet rays (UV) causing major degradation to not the top surface but the sub layers (eg shockpads) underneath. An impact test will highlight these issues.

Whatever the surface, give us a shout - we can help! 


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