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Personal Injuries on Church Property and During Church Activities - Part 3

The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that "industry standards" for safe playground equipment could be used by a parent to prove that her child's school was negligent.

Key point 7-08. Most cities have enacted building codes that prescribe minimum standards in the construction of buildings. The courts have ruled that these laws may be applied to churches so long as they are reasonably related to the promotion of public health and safety.
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* The South Carolina Supreme Court ruled that "industry standards" for safe playground equipment could be used by a parent to prove that her child's school was negligent in allowing children to use unsafe playground equipment. A 9-year-old girl was injured when she slipped and fell on a piece of playground equipment at the school she attended. The playground equipment was a metal "monkey bar" device which the children walked on; it extended above the ground approximately two feet. As a result of the fall, the girl broke her right leg. The growth plate in that leg was significantly damaged, and the child ...

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  • November 3, 2003