There are around 200 indoor trampoline parks in the UK, with many now launching in Lincolnshire, offering a popular alternative for exercise and children’s entertainment which have an estimated 15 million visits per year. The parks consist of multiple trampolines beside one another alongside slides and platforms to jump off. In 2017, it was estimated that ambulances attended to 1,200 incidents throughout the UK at trampoline parks, with some parks calling an ambulance at least once a week.
It can be argued that compared to the number of users, the number of those injured is significantly low. However, it should be considered that the type of injury is often serious. Such injuries range from cuts to head injuries to broken backs, leaving some victims with life changing injuries. Many parks allow children as young as 2 to use the facilities which does not take into consideration that until the age of 5, children are at more risk of injury whilst bouncing due to having large and heavy heads whilst they have less strength and control over their body’s movements. Most injuries occur when numerous people are on trampolines, or when a child and adult are both on the trampoline however at some parks they allow up to 80 people of all ages to jump at one time.
Numerous parks have closed due to poor safety records whilst others have been asked to make an effort to reduce the number of injuries. It does not seem that all owners of the parks are willing to comply with such health and safety measures as less than half are members of the IATP (International Associations of Trampoline Parks UK) and many continue to operate without regulations or standard safety precautions. The IATP has recently published standards for trampoline parks and a safety code which ensures there are sufficient stewards on duty and that construction and maintenance of parks is in line with regulations in an effort to reduce the number of injuries.
There are increasing concerns regarding the lack of professional experience needed to open or run such businesses. It can be compared to the qualifications needed for being a lifeguard as the staff are required to supervise the safety and rescue of users however currently trampoline park supervisors require no qualifications. It is not to say that trampoline parks should be closed down, however, it is important for all visitors to have an enjoyable yet safe experience in a supervised, regulated environment.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of an accident whether it be in a trampoline park or elsewhere, discuss your case with one of our Personal Injury Solicitors on 01754 897150 and they will assess whether you have a claim for compensation. Hodgkinsons Solicitors Skegness will not only help you to claim the compensation you deserve but help you to obtain the treatment you need to put you back into the position you were before the accident.