A shocking number of ambulances are being called out to UK trampoline parks , according to figures obtained by the BBC.
Between April 2015 and April 2016, 315 ambulances attended incidents at 30 parks across the country.
Flip Out Stoke had the highest number, with paramedics attending the attraction 17 times in 109 days since it opened in 2015. Oxygen Freejumping in Southampton had the second highest call out rate with 13 in 114 days. Air Hop in Guildford had 39 call outs. These numbers were revealed following a Freedom of Information request made by the BBC, but come from only 13 ambulance trusts so the problem may be more widespread and far worse than these figures suggest.
The legal duty that these establishments face is very simple, that is that they owe people a duty of care to keep them reasonably safe.
We have had dozens of enquiries from people who have been injured, often very seriously, in accidents at trampoline parks. They include Liza Jones, a cardiac nurse at Wrexham Maelor Hospital, who was using the ‘tower jump’ at Flip Out in Chester when she landed in the foam pit below and suffered a fracture to her back and burst vertebrae, which required surgery to insert metal plates and screws into her spine. This particular jump has since been closed after a number of other people reported suffering similar injuries and the company says it is taking the matter very seriously.
The legal duty that these establishments face is very simple, that is that they owe people a duty of care to keep them reasonably safe. Of course, you assume a degree of risk if you participate in this kind of activity, but they must make sure that you are properly trained in the use of the equipment, adequately supervised and that the equipment itself is safe during normal use.
The number of trampoline parks in the UK has increased since the first opened in May 2014, with 144 opening by early March 2017.
What is also clear from the BBC report is that there is an issue with trampoline parks and agreed safety standards are relatively new, reflecting the fact that they have only been around in the UK for a few years.
Better regulation is needed and must be looked at as a priority before more people are seriously injured.
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