bouncy castle tragedy GorelstonTragedy hit the Gorleston beach in Norfolk on Sunday July 1st 2018 as a child was thrown from an “exploding bouncy castle” that was located in the Lower Esplanade Play Area.

The incident happened at 11:00 and paramedics attend the scene within four minutes but the child was already in cardiac arrest, she was taken to James Paget Hospital but died of her injuries.

The police, the HSE and the local authority are now investigating the matter.

Every year many people are injured on inflatable play equipment, mostly injuries of a non-serious nature but this terrible incident, will again focus attention on the inherent dangers that are present in such activities.

Only last month, as a result of an incident unrelated to today’s tragedy, two men were jailed for manslaughter after an inflatable blew away with 7 year old Summer Grant inside in March 2016.

Following the laters tragedy, Robert Halfon MP for Harlow urged the government to consider a temporary ban of bouncy castles in public places tweeting.

After two horrific tragedies, Government need to look at update of regulations and inspection regime and consider a temporary ban on bouncy castles in public areas until we can be sure that they are safe.

In the UK inflatable play equipment is the subject of both BSI and HSE standards and anyone operating, hiring in or using such equipment should be aware of these standards.

 
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