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Conducting regular playground and equipment insurance appraisals is the first step to protecting the children and youth who use your playground spaces and equipment.

SCM’s Risk Management Services (RMS) helps risk managers of schools, municipalities, and development firms minimize the potential for injury on their play and activity spaces.

Leveraging backgrounds in engineering, risk management, and certifications with The Canadian Parks and Recreation Association, RMS’s loss control specialists review playground and play equipment to identify and prioritize:

  • Potential hazards
  • Equipment in need of repair
  • Compliance to safety standards

RMS evaluates all spaces in accordance with the current Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) Children’s Playspaces and Equipment standard CAN/CSA-Z614. Reports produced from these reviews include photographs and risk ratings for all elements inspected.

These appraisals are ideal for organizations and public entities with multiple properties, as they provide a valuable snapshot of the current state and any potential liabilities of the spaces. Risk managers can use these reviews to create an annual repair and maintenance schedule. Such pro-active risk mitigation strategies also help lower insurance premiums and demonstrate that due diligence was performed in the event that a liability issue should arise.

RMS’s playground and equipment reviews investigate:

  • Conformance to current standard
  • Fall zones
  • Playspace layout
  • Functionality and safety of moving components 
  • Protrusions and entanglement hazards
  • Potential entrapment openings
  • Trip hazards
  • Pinch, shear, and sharp edges hazards
  • Guards and handrails
  • Playground maintenance

For more information about RMS’s playground and equipment appraisals, please contact us.

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