Basics of Inspecting Playgrounds

Jason Baggett, Loss Control Specialist, Tennessee Risk Management Trust

November, 2014

Every year, TNRMT has several reports of playground accidents. Unfortunately, a few of these accidents are simply unavoidable. However, with proper supervision and maintenance, most accidents can be eliminated.

Playgrounds are often overlooked in regular maintenance and inspections. This is not ideal because playgrounds are an ever changing environment. The wear and tear of regular use by hundreds of children takes its toll on not only the equipment itself, but the ground surfacing as well. Very often, playgrounds are built by PTO members or others in the community. While their heart may be in the right place, these playgrounds often do not meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) guidelines. It is very important that any new playground installed meets the CPSC guidelines as well as the manufacturer’s guidelines for installation and maintenance. These guidelines can be viewed at www.playgroundsafety.org. TNRMT also recommends putting together a committee in your entity for purposes of reviewing any new playground equipment proposals and ensuring that existing playgrounds meet the proper guidelines or recommendations.

Listed below are some basic tips for daily inspections of playgrounds:

If you have any questions about your playground equipment, or if you would like any of the loss control staff to take a look at your playground equipment, please do not hesitate to ask. We would be more than happy to help you with a detailed inspection.

TNRMT / SEC loss control staff:


Jason Baggett - East Tennessee - 865-850-4995

Chris Stites - Middle Tennessee - 615-289-4101

Mark Bilyeu - West Tennessee - 615-210-7827