Girl left ‘scarred’ after injuring head on ‘razor-sharp’ park equipment

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 May 2018

Kay Mattock and six-year-old Kacey. Kacey had to have stitches after injuring herself on park equipment.

Kay Mattock and six-year-old Kacey. Kacey had to have stitches after injuring herself on park equipment.

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A six-year-old girl has been left with a ‘hole in her head’ after injuring herself on equipment at a Weston park.

The park equipment, at Millenium Green off Langford Road, where six-year-old Kacey injured herself.The park equipment, at Millenium Green off Langford Road, where six-year-old Kacey injured herself.

Kacey Mattock was playing with friends and family at Millennium Green off Langford Road when she tripped on uneven floor and hit her head on a ‘razor’sharp’ see-saw seat.

She was taken to Weston General Hospital where she was given four stitches, but the incident has caused bruising around her left eye and left her not wanting to attend school due to bullying.

Kacey’s mum, Kay, believes the park is ‘unsafe’ and should undergo repair works.

The park equipment, at Millenium Green off Langford Road, where six-year-old Kacey injured herself.The park equipment, at Millenium Green off Langford Road, where six-year-old Kacey injured herself.

She said: “Even though the see-saw metal seat is rounded off for health and safety reasons, the metal had actually split and caused a razor-sharp seat which my daughter fell into.

“So what should have been a lump on the head actually turned into a hole in her head, four hours at A&E, a traumatised Kacey and what was meant to be a fun trip to the park, was ruined all because of unsafe equipment.

“She is now physically and mentally scarred.”

The park equipment, at Millenium Green off Langford Road, where six-year-old Kacey injured herself.The park equipment, at Millenium Green off Langford Road, where six-year-old Kacey injured herself.

The site is managed by Weston Town Council which says the park often suffers from antisocial behaviour.

However, it carries out routine visual inspections on a weekly basis as well as operational inspections approximately monthly.

It says no safety concerns have been found during inspections over recent months.

The council’s grounds manager Rob Thurston said: “The play equipment on site is regularly inspected and checked.

“Our team is also regularly on site to undertake other tasks such as the grass cutting.

“The most recent visit for this purpose was April 24.

“It is also fair to say this is a site which does suffer from a fair degree of antisocial behaviour problems.

“On occasions this can lead to issues such as broken glass being present.

“We would clear this as soon as we are made aware – either by an inspection or by being contacted – but we are not able to have a permanent presence.”

Annual independent inspections are also done at town council-managed parks.

The last one carried out at Millennium Green was done in October 2017 when findings were all either low or very low risk.

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