Playground safety expert witnesses are often knowledgeable in several facets of safety and recreation, as both are significant factors in playground settings. As with any environment in which recreational activities are taking place, premises liability would be a major concern in the event of a court case and highly relevant if an accident were to occur. Because playgrounds are generally built for public use, a lot of details must be considered in relation to safety, since a recreational accident can lead to injury, as well as grounds for potential lawsuits.
Playground safety expert witnesses may be experienced in several different fields, including physical education, injury biomechanics, park and recreation, mechanical engineering, forensic biomechanics, sports and recreation, and playground accessibility/usability. Like all types of structures, playgrounds may be the location of a construction accident during the building process, making the rules and regulations of occupational safety and health (OSHA) very important for the individuals working on the premises.
As with other safety-related incidents, playground safety expert witnesses may be asked to assess the situation via an accident investigation and reconstruction as a means of determining if the issue resulted from a manufacturing defect, a lack of supervision, or an issue with ergonomics and human factors. Fall protection and the use of other safety regulations and equipment would be a very significant factor in the event of a court case.