Between 1986 and 1989, 15 UK children were killed and 149 seriously injured on building sites where they played unsupervised.
Each year about 1,300 South Australian children require hospital treatment because of injuries caused by a fall from playground equipment, which is almost the same as the number of children hospitalized as a result of car accidents. Although playground accidents do not cause as many deaths as road accidents, they are responsible for just as many non-fatal cases. Of those injured in playgrounds, 19% sustained a head injury and 5% sustained a brain injury.
In the USA, approximately 20% of all accidental injuries to children are the result of sports. Injuries on the playground account for about 137,000 emergency room visits a year. Nearly half of all injury-related childhood deaths occur between May and August, with July being the most deadly month. Each summer, that 3 million children are rushed to emergency rooms for serious injuries and 2,250 children will lose their lives. Most common accidents are drownings, falls, overexposure to sun, heat exhaustion and dehydration, venomous animals and plants, burns from barbeques and critical infectious diseases.