Managing Playground Liability

Learning Objectives

Playgrounds are places of fun and exercise for children of all ages. Ensuring their safety and reducing the liability of playgrounds is serious business for municipal and school leaders.

Children are especially vulnerable to playground injuries because of their developing motor skills, their limited awareness of dangers, and their own need for adventure.

Consider the following:

  • More than 200,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for playground-related injuries annually.
  • 45% of playground injuries are severe, including fractures, internal injuries, concussions, dislocations, and amputations
  • Between 1990 and 2000, 147 children died from playground-related injuries
  • Girls are slightly more at risk for injuries (55% of reported cases) than boys, and children ages 5 – 9 have the highest rate of damage of any age group
  • More injuries occur on climbers than on any other equipment, and low-income areas have more maintenance-related hazards than other areas

This CIRMA training and education program coaches town and school leaders on developing a risk-management action plan for their playgrounds and parks.

If you would like to schedule a regional or member-only training program, please contact your Risk Management Consultant. Training is provided to CIRMA members only.

Topics include:

  • Reducing and controlling playground injuries.
  • Liability exposures in today’s legal climate.
  • The importance of supervision and signage.
  • Age-appropriate playground design, fall-surfacing, equipment spacing, and equipment safety hazards.
  • Equipment maintenance and safety audits.


This training and education program is designed for:

  • School superintendents
  • Parks & Recreation supervisors
  • Key maintenance staff
  • School facility managers
  • School principals
  • Public Works directors
  • Housing Authority management staff

NOTE: All attendees will receive Certificates of Attendance.

“CIRMA’s workshops provide the knowledge and skills public employees need to better perform their jobs.”