Swing sets are commonly placed, seen, and maintained on playgrounds. When a child is injured during the use of swings on a playground, there may be liability or responsibilities on the part off the city, school, day care center, and / or owner of the property where the swing set is located. There should be a distinction made between a person, business, or other entity who / that is the supervisor of children and a person, business, or other entity who / that is the owner of the property where the playground / swing set is located.
Supervision of Children
When a child is under the care and supervision of a school, day care center, summer camp, or other program, it is important that reasonable and necessary care be provided to the child. Playground equipment and play should be age appropriate. Furthermore, children should be supervised in a reasonably careful manner. Rough or dangerous play should be stopped immediately. Swings are a known hazard for those playing around the swings and for those children on the swings. As such, child care providers and supervisors should be on the look out for dangerous play that may result in personal injuries including injuries related to strangulation during playground use. If a child while using swings is twisting and turning around, a child care provider should immediately step in as this is not the proper or safe use of the swing set. If the dangerous play continues, the child care provider should promptly remove the child from the swing set area.