The decay diagnostics for playground equipment detects defect and decayed components that may cause accidents. Therefore it is regulated by law that swings, seesaws and jungle gyms have to be controlled regularly.
Safety, stability and regular inspections
Over the last years, playground inspection has become more and more important. Defects and decay of playground equipment that cannot be seen from the outside of the impregnated wood provoke unexpected accidents. The stability is no longer granted and kids run the risk of getting injured while playing.
Decay diagnostics on wooden playground equipment
It is essential to regularly inspect wooden playground equipment for decay and interior damages. According to the specific security conventions, the property owner is responsible for the regular inspection of the stability of playground equipment. High requirements for construction wood and usability for playground equipment are supposed to help to achieve a high security level.
Usually, a visual control falls short. Many inspectors use the sound method - a method that’s more than questionable. Just “tapping” does not produce safety and such an inspection is practically not provable in court.
IML Resistograph System
The IML Resistographs are special instruments to make “visible” interior damages and provide detailed information about wooden poles.
That way it is possible to take specific countermeasures in time; accidents because of insecure wooden poles can be avoided.
Often, the denudation of the upper soil layers requires big efforts. Therefore, measurements on the soil level are made with a 45° adapter that replaces the excavation around the pole. It’s just this critical zone around the ground line that can provoke failures. The poles are always in contact with wet ground (sand, bark mulch) and therefore they constitute a special danger.
With the attachable 45° adapter it’s possible to examine the critical transition zones of the wooden poles, e. g. the soil level and the screw joints between metal and wooden parts without problems. You can measure directly on the soil level and evaluate the measurement instantly.
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Trees in climbing forests & high express gardens
Inspection & maintenance
High express gardens and climbing forests are becoming increasingly popular. They are built in forested tree populations or in parcs and commonly act as recreational facilities.
Of course, the control of the traffic security results more difficult in this high express gardens in forests because the trees are living and growing and not dead like the wood of playground equipment.
Our test and measurement instruments are suitable for detailed analyses in both domains.