Case 301 – Children’s playground is a health and safety risk

Issue

A newspaper article reports that the new owners of a local shopping centre have claimed that the children’s playground is a health and safety risk and that they want to remove it for this reason.

Panel decision

A local paper incorrectly reported that play equipment was being removed as it posed a health and safety risk to children. The facts are that the new owners of the shopping centre have advised that they plan to refurbish the play area to provide a new play experience. This should have been reported as a good news story but instead the newspaper is misrepresenting it as a health and safety issue.

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2014/case301-childrens-playground-removed.htm