Safety Stop System
The majority of outdoor fitness equipment incorporates moving parts which allow the products to be used as intended. Therefore, the standard specifies that there must not be any ‘crushing or shearing points for the user between moving parts and/or stationary parts of the equipment during use’.
A crushing point exists when two or more surfaces come together to close a previously open area, for example a ‘bump stop’. Bump stops can be found on some manufacturers’ equipment as a way of absorbing impact and reducing the effect of vibrations through the unit.
However, they are not safe. It is all too easy to trap a body part 2 between the surfaces of a bump stop, thus receiving the full impact yourself. We cannot emphasise enough just how harmful this is, and would urge other manufactures to stop participating in such a dangerous practice.
The image (top) demonstrates an example of non-Sunshine Gym equipment produced by another manufacturer – this unit was installed in a park local to our offices. Note the gap which is opened when the elements are at a different angle.
At Sunshine Gym, we are one of just a few manufacturers who can pride ourselves on the fact that we have a system that works, meets the BS EN 16630:2015 standard, and also withstands heavy use over time.This being said, all fitness equipment must employ some sort of safety stop system which ensures users do not
either over-rotate or over-extend. A safety stop mechanism also eliminates the aforementioned chance of any
crushing or shearing points.
This unique mechanism was designed by our Technical Manager, Paul Childs – it was based on years of working on and repairing previous failed stop systems in various manufacturers’ products.
The images (bottom) shows our safety stop system as it sits within a Double Health Walker. The system is fully enclosed within our products, therefore we disassembled this unit in order to illustrate its efficiency.