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Pastor, Church & Law

written by Richard R. Hammar, J.D., LL.M., CPA

Skate Ramps

Volume 2 . Chapter 7 . § 7-20.5
Key point 7-20.5. Some churches have installed skate ramps on their property as a means of outreach to the community. Skate ramps involve significant legal risks that must be recognized and managed.

Church leaders should consider the following points before installing a skateboard ramp on church property:

  1. A high-risk activity. Skateboarding is inherently dangerous. While most injuries are scrapes and bruises, more serious injuries including brain injuries and death sometimes occur. The risk is elevated because of the tendency of skateboarders to mimic stunts they see on television. Some injuries occur to bystanders who are struck by flying skateboards. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 104,000 persons were treated in hospital emergency rooms in a recent year due to skateboard-related injuries. Most injuries were sustained by minors who often lack the balance and fine motor skills required for the safe operation of a skateboard.

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