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RECALL: Playground Equipment Poses Strangulation Hazard


By Naomi Millán Facilities Management
Two bright green climbing structures mounted on black poles, leading to blue platform, with arrow pointing to hazard.

Burke Merge Metal Climbers have been recalled because they pose a strangulation hazard to children. The playground climbers have two welded handgrip locations at the top, and a child could become trapped between them.

The climbers are attachments on Burke play structures, were sold in many colors and feature small geometric shaped openings leading to a platform and two welded handgrips at the top.

The recall affects about 200 units sold between November 2015 and March 2018. No incidents or injuries have been reported to BCI Burke at the time of the recall, according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission recall 19-703. But the company says facility managers should remove the climbers from use immediately and contact the company for a repair at 800-356-2070 or bciburke.com.

This Quick Read was submitted by Naomi Millán, senior editor, Building Operating Management. Go here for more recall notices.

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