Most traditional big swings have a long seat board suspended on stiff wooden poles
A communal swing is a service governed by the Act on the Consumer Safety (920/2011), regardless of whether or not service users are charged a fee. Under section 5 of the Act, communal swings must not pose a risk to consumer safety.
Risks related to traditional big swings
Regardless of the size of the swing, the kinetic energy of the swing board may become particularly high because of the board's large mass and because several people may be using the swing at the same time. Because this is a service that is particularly attractive to children, the swing location plays a role in the level of risk involved (whether there are day care centres, schools or other facilities intended for children nearby or there are otherwise many children in the area).
Traditional big swings involve risks including the following.
There is a risk of being hit by the seat board if:
- a bystander (particularly a child) runs in the way of the swing while in use;
- someone falls off the swing;
- someone standing on the ground gives the swing a push make it go faster.
There is a risk of falling off the swing if:
- the landing area is of non-shock absorbing material (such as gravel or concrete), there is not enough shock-absorbing material or there are rocks, tree stumps, hard edges etc. in the landing area;
- people stand while swinging;
- the swing does not have appropriate hand grips (for example, if the upright poles are too thick to hold onto).