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Schools remove box-style swings from yards

Date Posted: 2002-08-23

Box-style childrenís swings have been removed from all prefecture elementary schools and public parks after a number of children were injured when they fell from the swings and were pinned between the box and the ground.

11 schools still report having box swings on the premises, but all say they have locked them down so that they canít be used. Officials warn parents not to let their children play in such swings if they encounter one.

According to statistics by the National Land and Transportation Ministry, 385 accidents involving box swings have been reported over past three years. 23 cases resulted in death.

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