+Snideswipe Posted January 14, 2004 Share Posted January 14, 2004 Hi all, I've finally started logging some caches and happened on a rather unexpected situation last weekend. I'm still trying to figure out how to handle this. Let me preface the rest of this with a couple of things: I'm not overly sue happy, I'm not exceptionally clumsy or injury prone and I just need some unbiased opinions here. I was caching at a very public park, pretty sure I had honed in on the area where the cache was supposed to be hidden. In the midst of my hunt, I turned around to survey the area. I felt something rip into my leg as I turned. I looked down and saw that I had smacked into the top of a rusty pipe about three feet high, sticking out of the ground at an angle. The pipe is cut or broken off at mid-thigh level, poking from the edge of a bushy plant. The pipe has no apparent purpose. It is not obscured by the bush, but someone who was slightly distracted (me) and looking around at other things (a gps, maybe?) could easily injure themselves on the pipe. A piece of rusty metal off the edge of the pipe was embedded in my leg maybe 1/3 of an inch deep. Most of it came out, though I've still got lots of little granules of metal and rust hidden deeper in the wound. I quit looking for the cache at that time and went back a few days later to snap some photos of the pipe. Part of me started to wonder if I wasn't up to my hips in the middle of a huge bush where I had no business in the first place, but after reviewing the pipe I determined that it is in an accessible area, not directly on a path but certainly not in a protected spot that a person would have to fight to get to. A little kid running around and having fun could poke an eye out on that thing in a heartbeat. It seems negligent of the park to leave a blatant hazard in an area frequented by families with young children. So, what would you guys do? Thanks for any input, I'm at a bit of a loss. Quote Link to comment
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