Playground investigations may include various experts, but often include certified playground safety inspectors, child educators, coaches, architects, field managers, or human factors specialists.

Many Issues to Consider

Parks and playgrounds are complex environments; the development of a park, design and installation of the equipment, maintenance of the equipment and grounds, and supervision of the operations are not handled by a single person. Instead, there are specialists who manage the various aspects of parks and playgrounds from the initial concept to the day-to-day operations.

Robson Forensic provides expertise in all aspects of parks and playgrounds, ranging from the design and construction, to maintenance of the equipment and grounds, to the special event programming, including supervision, hiring practices, training and emergency preparedness. Our expertise extends across public, private, and institutional facilities.

Playground Injury Investigations

The experts at Robson Forensic have investigated hundreds of playground incidents. An analysis of these cases reveals that the majority of injuries involve issues with one of the following:

  • Equipment design or construction
  • Equipment and grounds maintenance
  • Protective safety surfacing
  • Supervision

The resulting incidents include entrapment, entanglement, falls, shear and crush injuries, and supervision related injuries. These incidents occurred across a variety of playground settings from schools and parks, to recreational facilities, day care centers, and apartment complexes.

Playground Evidence & Testing

Robson Forensic offers a fully appointed mechanical testing laboratory to assist our clients with the inspection and storage of evidence in playground safety cases. Our lab facilities can accommodate large evidence items and are equipped to host a variety of test procedures. Visit our Mechanical Testing Laboratory page for more information.

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