Boy hurt by pins found in play area

A SUNSHINE Coast park was cordoned off while parents and council workers searched for sharp objects, amid fears someone was deliberately scattering pins in a barked playground.

Dozens of Coast residents expressed their concerns on social media in the past few days after a local mother warned other parents of pins found in Wyanda Park at Bokarina.

One of the pins hidden in the playground bark pierced her five-year-old son's running shoe and into his foot.

A handful of pins was found after a search of the area, the Facebook post said.

Sunshine Coast Council did not receive a formal complaint, however it was made aware of the incident via social media on Sunday and immediately engaged after-hours response staff who barricaded and inspected the playground.

"Four council staff conducted a thorough inspection of the area this morning and did not find any sharp implements and the playground was reopened," a council spokeswoman said.

"Council has contacted the mother via social media and phone to discuss the incident. It was confirmed the pins were dressmaker's pins, which could have been unintentionally dropped while setting up for a party."

Council employees a designated team that carry out routine inspection on all playground equipment as part of managing mandatory compliance.

As part of quality assurance, all staff conducting maintenance in a park are required to carry out a risk assessment inspection. This includes checking playground equipment.

Council's after-hours emergency number is 54757272.



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