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more about accidents at parks and playgrounds
Despite the concerns of many parents, figures from bodies such as the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) show most serious injuries involving children over the age of one are a result of accidents in and around the home.
That said, an accident in a park or playground can be particularly distressing because they happen in places where kids are supposed to have fun and are assumed to be safe. A playground injury can result in fractures or broken bones or in the worst cases serious head injuries, which are especially worrying in young children.
In most public parks, the local authority will have primary liability for any injuries caused by faulty play equipment, although in some cases the actual blame may lie with sub-contractors who failed to install the items correctly or left dangerous metal stumps in a playground when removing equipment.
Even if any installation or maintenance work is subcontracted, the duty of care and therefore liability remains with the organisation or body (i.e. the council) which chose to delegate that work. That is also true if the issue is one of supervision.
If, for example, a local authority subcontracts instruction or lifeguard services at a council-run swimming pool to a private provider, should a child suffer an injury because of lack of supervision by those staff members, the council would still have a duty of care to that child.