A state agency says playground equipment that poses safety problems at Duchesne County schools will have to be removed or the district could face lawsuits.

A state risk management team recently informed school district officials that playground equipment worth thousands of dollars will have to be replaced at the district's expense.John Aland, district superintendent, said the team cited $10,000 worth of playground equipment at Duchesne Elementary School alone that will have to go. He said no school in the district has playground equipment judged totally safe.

"Some safety problems cited can be corrected by simply moving a piece of equipment away from a sidewalk. Other problems cited will mean removing equipment and installing a safety-approved piece in its place," Aland explained.

The district's insurance policy will not cover injuries which occur on equipment that has been cited, unless the district develops a three- to five-year replacement plan and budget.

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Aland said several pieces of the equipment in violation of safety codes were homemade or built as Eagle Scout projects.

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