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Safety Play, Inc.

Safety Play, Inc.

Main Office
10460 Roosevelt Boulevard, #295
St. Petersburg, Florida 33716

Phone(888) 878-0244

Website www.safetyplay.net

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Safety Play offers NATIONWIDE expertise in playground, recreation, sports, trampoline, and warning litigations. Scott Burton is an ex-manufacturer experienced in manufacturing, design, planning, safety signs, safety labels, safety classes and manuals, inspections, audits, and installations. He helps write the national safety ASTM Standards and CPSC Guidelines in the above fields. He is one of the first to be a Certified Playground Safety Inspector, and is also S.A.F.E. Certified by the National Program for Playground Safety. He has accepted over 500 cases as an expert witness to date (and turned down over 500 other cases as well, mostly due to lack of basis or being on the other side). He has been honored with the 2008 "Playground Safety Advocate of the Year" award by the National Program for Playground Safety.
There is an office in St. Petersburg, Florida and a location in Los Angeles, California, but he travels nationwide & combines costs to keep expenses down! Unused funds are refunded.
Free Airfare if not in town already (restrictions apply)!

Services

Safety Play, Inc. provides the following services:

- Expert Witness

Litigation clients include Plaintiff's attorneys, as well as Defense attorneys representing clients such as Disney, Sears Roebuck, Burger King, K-Mart, La Petite Academy, various manufacturers, insurance companies, parks & recreation departments, public and private schools, child care centers, major restaurant chains, museums, zoos, homeowners associations, etc.

- Audits / Inspections

Inspections are "routine maintenance inspections" that are performed on a frequency based upon factors such as type of equipment, age, vandalism, use, etc., usually by your own qualified personnel as an on-going process. Audits are extremely detailed and discover hazards that are not found in typical "inspections". A professional audit lists hazards in a priority manner so that you can get underway with a safety plan.

- Design & Planning

We inspect your proposed plans, drawings, catalogs, and specifications. Then we research them for compliance with all applicable laws, Standards, Guidelines, ADA accessibility, as well as what is Standard for your particular industry. Then we recommend the best supplier in the interest of safety, play value, lowest price, and maintenance costs.

- Safety Signs / Safety Labels

Self-stick Warning and Information labels. The labels that we offer are in English and Spanish and are the; Surfacing Warning, Strangulation Warning, "Hot Surface" Warning, Adult Supervision, Age Groups (6-23 months, 2-5 years, 5-12 years, 2-12 years, and Tot Seat age labels), and Surfacing Level Marker Labels.

- Safety Programs and Manuals

Evaluations of your existing maintenance, repair, renovation, and replacement schedules, plans, records, forms, audits, documents, policies and staff training records. This will set the basis for the improvement upon an existing program. Recommendations on how to improve upon the above and rewrite them to get your department on the right track towards safety.
New (initial) manuals to get you started are also available, and come with a safety instruction class.


Litigation Support Services

Safety Play, Inc.'s owner, Scott Burton, offers his assistance in investigations, inspections, surface and equipment hazard identifications, supervision issues, potential liability problems, views of the opposing counsel, precautions taken (or not taken), supportive documentation, research, photogrammetry, depositions, and courtroom testimony.

Areas of Expertise

Profile

Scott Burton is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) and is also S.A.F.E. Certified by the NPPS. He has instructed various playground and recreation safety courses from beginner to advanced to existing inspectors, Child Care Licensing Bureaus, Parks & Recreation Depts., corporate managers, etc. He has been an instructor for the CPSI course for NRPA / NPSI.

Mr. Burton has been in this industry since 1981. He has designed, manufactured and installed thousands of different types of equipment and areas. He has audited thousands of playground sites in and out of the USA, offering inexpensive modification recommendations. He has accepted over 500 cases as an expert witness (and also turned down over 500 cases, mostly for lack of merit).

Mr. Burton has been honored with the 2008 "Playground Safety Advocate of the Year" award by the National Program for Playground Safety. As prior owner of Florida's largest (and the Southeast's second largest) recreation equipment manufacturing company for over 11 years, his duties included planning, design, writing specifications, purchasing, manufacturing & installation supervision, surfacing specifications, and sales networking worldwide.

Consulting Practice

All States. Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, (also District of Columbia), Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

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Professional Experience

Scott Burton has instructed various playground and recreation safety courses from beginner to advanced to inspectors, Child Care Licensing Bureaus, Parks & Recreation Depts., corporate managers, etc. He has been an instructor for the CPSI course for NRPA / NPSI. Scott Burton is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector and is also S.A.F.E. Certified.

Mr. Burton created and designed an Inspection Tool Kit, which is sold worldwide through Safety Play, Inc.® and international distributors.

Mr. Burton created and designed playground safety labels, which are sold worldwide through Safety Play, Inc.® and international distributors.

He has been accepted in courts as an expert witness in the various fields of recreation, and has testified for both plaintiff and defense since 1988.

He is an active and attending voting member of numerous ASTM committees, creating the National playground, recreation, trampoline, surfacing, and sports safety standards. He has worked in conjunction with the CPSC to create the revisions of the playground safety Guidelines since 1996.

See "Profile" for more.


Licenses

Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI).
S.A.F.E. Certified.


Legal Experience & Services

Scott Burton has been accepted in various courts as an expert witness in the various fields of recreation, and has testified for both plaintiff and defense since 1989. Clients include Disney, Sears, Burger King, K-Mart, insurance companies, parks departments, schools, child care centers, and of course the Plaintiffs. Expert ratios are "approximately" Plaintiffs (60%) and Defendants (40%).


Affiliations

American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM)
International Playground Association (IPA)
Recreation Safety Institute (RSI)
American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA)
National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
Masonic Lodge #139 (Master Mason).


Qualifications

See above.


Awards & Honors

Call for a complete CV.
Mr. Burton has been honored with the 2008 "Playground Safety Advocate of the Year" award by the National Program for Playground Safety.


Seminars & Training

Scott Burton has been an instructor for the NRPA / NPSI CPSI (Certified Playground Safety Inspector) Course.
Scott Burton is a Certified Playground Safety Inspector and is also S.A.F.E. Certified.
He offers standard and advanced courses in playground and recreation safety through Safety Play, Inc.


Publications

Scott Burton is the author of numerous articles on recreation and playground safety and has conducted countless safety seminars and courses. He has written specifications for Schools, Parks, Architects, etc., worldwide. Call him for a list of articles and interviews published.


Professional References

Sample list of clients include those located in the U.S. and overseas: Disney, IKEA, K-Mart, hundreds of Attorneys, hundreds of Parks and Recreation departments, hundreds of Public and Private Schools, Family Entertainment Centers (FEC's), chain Child Care Centers, Architects, Churches, chain Restaurants, major Manufacturers, Homeowners Associations, insurance companies, etc.
Call for details.


Education

A.A. Degree (Business) from USF
Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) by NRPA / NPSI.
S.A.F.E. Certified by the National Program for Playground Safety
ADA training seminar


Articles Published by Safety Play, Inc.

 Playground Injury Litigation Tips

There are many elements to a playground case that go unnoticed and some techniques and sources that go unused. In this highly specialized field, it is critical to work with someone who is aware of the applicable rules, as well as knowing what does not apply. Some of these rules have been adopted into law in many states.

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