By Ryan E.Alekman, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Monkey bars are placed on playgrounds in Massachusetts and throughout the United States. Children love hanging from, hanging upside on, crossing, standing on, and sitting on monkey bars. Many children enjoy the challenge and the height of monkey bars. The problem is that children fail to appreciate the dangers of monkey bars and sustain serious personal injuries from falls from monkey bars. A Boston, Massachusetts medical study mentioned on the the American Academy of Pediatrics Website concluded that serious injuries result from falls from monkey bars. The study reviewed admissions to emergency rooms and the injuries reported in these medical records.
A school, day care center, and others who are responsible for the supervision of children should seriously consider safety when deciding to install new monkey bars or deciding to remove old ones. If monkey bars are in place, the school, day care center, and others should consider the height and size of the monkey bars, the positioning of the monkey bars, and the size of the children.
It is important to ensure that there is adequate supervision of children playing on monkey bars. Parents should make sure that their children are being properly supervised, if they have any concerns, should immediately speak to the caregiver about removing the monkey bars unless proper supervision is consistently provided to the children.