Lack of Maintenance At Ice Skating Rink Leads To Injury


zamboniThis sports management case takes place in Connecticut and involves a man who was injured while ice skating. The man was on the ice while his child was receiving an ice skating lesson. The man’s skate got caught in a hole on the middle of the ice approximately two inches deep. It is alleged that the defendant/s failed to properly clear, clean and zamboni the ice especially the aforementioned area where the ice was so worn and containing holes, which caused the man to suffer injuries.

 

Question(s) For Expert Witness

  • 1. Do you have experience managing ice skating facilities?
  • 2. Do you have knowledge of the necessary steps to maintain the ice and keep it in good conditions?

Expert Witness Response E-008646

I have been involved in the design and maintenance of ice rinks for 30 years. For maintaining a rink, there should be a daily measure of the thickness of the ice, the ice edge should be checked for bumps and cracks and it should be cleaned. For heavily used rinks, the Zamboni should be brought out every 50-60 minutes, ice shavings should be picked up and hot water should be poured to smooth out the surface.

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