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Metal pole causing head injury

Reported via mobile in the Park safety issue category anonymously at 17:15, Tuesday 20 February 2024

Sent to Bath and North East Somerset Council less than a minute later. Council ref: 5606233.

I reported a problem in the play park at the weekend about a metal pole which my daughter had hit her head on in victoria park at the top of the climbing slope. In the response - I was told that it needed to be there to stop children falling down the slope. I understand this, that it is there in order to reduce the risk of injury through falling. However there is still the risk of children hitting their heads as they naturally look down when they are climbing and then will naturally lift their heads up when they get to the top of the slope, which is when my daughter banged her head on the metal pole. Lots of children are going to do this, as lots of children climb up the slope. Surely Banes should think about this as a risk too. When a risk is identified, there should be a risk assessment which would then look at ways to lower the risk in future. This is what should happen, rather than dismissing it. An example of lowering the risk of injury in this case would be to reduce the impact, so having a material like rubber or foam around the metal pole, so that when children hit their heads - the impact is reduced. I will be taking this further if it is not addressed.

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  • Thank you for your report. We are investigating this issue and will keep your report updated throughout the process.

    State changed to: Investigating

    Posted by Bath and North East Somerset Council at 12:51, Thursday 22 February 2024

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