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The recent news published in The Guardian and BBC News, and debated by Jeremy Vine on his Radio 2 Show is revealing the high physical risk to which trampoline parks visitors are exposed, gained our members’ full attention. Our close collaborators from the Institute of Expert Witnesses are very experienced in trampoline litigation, currently being involved in significant cases involving Trampoline and Trampoline Park injuries.
The increasing success of trampoline parks since they first one opened in 2014 in the UK coincided with a significant rise in the number of serious injuries to participants. To illustrate the gravity of this situation by the use of statistics: according to figures obtained by the BBC, 315 ambulances were needed at 30 trampoline parks within a single year. If this is typical across all 140 Trampoline Parks then we could be looking at in excess of 1500 ambulance call outs. Add to this the numbers who refer themselves to hospitals and surgeries and it is clear that the problem is huge and growing.
Even if the operators of these parks say that the number of injuries is small, relative to the entire number of visitors, the case of Sarah McManus, 29 (fully explained here) demonstrates the potential for catastrophic injuries.
The risk is greatly increased with a toxic mix or circumstances;
• Trampolines are unforgiving when used without some element of basic skill and accuracy.
• The design concept of trampoline parks encourages interaction between clients and trampolines across the performing area. AfPE and advisory bodies have for decades regulated for single person use and vertical, centre of the bed bouncing only.
• We now live in the U TUBE generation. The public perception of personal safety is greatly distorted by exposure to awesome activity images that range from Jackass to daredevil and are driven by community “like” rankings. Young people in particular watch and believe they can fly. They have very little experience in education and play to help them measure personal risk or understand that what goes up must come down. Common sense is set aside in the Americanism that injury and entitlement are brother and sister.
To read the complete article and see what Trevor Low, The Law Society Checked Expert Witness and President of IEW, declared, please follow this link.
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