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Three-Year-Old Dies After Swing Accident

A three-year-old boy died from his injuries at the children’s hospital Barnaspítali Hringsins on Monday after getting caught in a rope swing on a playground in the Reykjavík suburb of Grafarvogur on Saturday. The boy’s grandfather has come forward to warn others about this type of playground equipment.

“I don’t want to accuse anyone. I’m only coming forward to speak my mind to warn others. I want a picture of this equipment published so parents can take action and remove it,” the boy’s grandfather, Hákon Hákonarson, told Fréttabladid.

“I ask how it is possible that equipment can be sold that is as dangerous as this. The investigative police say that the equipment is legal and permitted for use in private gardens where children play under supervision. This is ridiculous, of course. When equipment is bought for young children one must be certain that the equipment is child-friendly and not deadly,” he added.

Hákonarson said no one witnessed the accident on Saturday. The course of events was quick and it had been impossible to intervene. He is critical of the sale of rope swings. “It cannot be without reason that most swings are made with chains where a special protective cover prevents a snare or a loop being created like the one which caused the accident on Saturday.”

He said the equipment had been bought in the hardware store BYKO but that it is also available in other stores around the country. The equipment which caused the accident has been removed.

Herdís Storgaard, director of the Accident Prevention Center Forvarnarhús, is working on the investigation of the accident with the Capital Region Police’s investigative department and has provided counsel to representatives of BYKO.

Storgaard said she cannot comment on the case at this stage as she is bound by confidentiality at the police’s request. However, she would like to ensure everyone that the investigation is being handled professionally and that necessary measures will be taken as soon as possible.

CEO of BYKO Sigurdur E. Ragnarsson released a statement to the media yesterday in relation to the accident.

“Last weekend a tragic event occurred in which a young child died in an accident. We would like to extend our deepest condolences to his relatives. In light of this tragic event we found it right to take the product in question off the market while the investigation takes place, regardless of whether the product fulfills the required terms and demands,” the statement reads in Fréttabladid.

Click here to see a picture of the playground equipment.

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