Trampoline parks are a growing craze across the United Kingdom with approximately 200 in existence across the country but should they be subject to regulation?
We probably all know someone who has been to a trampoline park if you haven’t been to one yourself. They offer great fun for all the family and a way of tearing children away from their video games and encouraging them to get some exercise without sending them on a 3 mile run! But with so many now in existence is it time that they were subject to proper regulation?
In 2014 there were only 3 trampoline parks in the country but by 2017 that number had risen to approximately 200, attracting approximately 12 million visitors annually some trampoline parks are part of a chain whilst others are independent and every park is different from the next. Some offer fitness classes, some offer assault courses whilst others offer daring jumps into foam pits. As you would expect, with this type of activity, inevitably some people suffer injuries.
There were 1,181 incidents at trampoline parks during 2017 requiring an ambulance callout. An audit by Sheffield Children’s Hospital found that over a six month period there were 68 patients with injuries that had occurred at trampoline parks with 44% of those injuries resulting in a fracture. The most common cause of injury was bad landings. This follows reports in 2017 that 4 people suffered fractures to their spine at a trampoline park in Chester using the “tower jump” attraction which involved jumping from a 4 foot tower into a foam pit.
If you have been to a trampoline park it is likely that you will have been asked to sign a waiver. The waiver will probably have asked you to confirm that you acknowledge that trampolining is potentially dangerous and that in participating you are exposing yourself to the possibility of personal injury. It will also have asked you to confirm that you would comply with any safety instructions provided to you.
It is important to note that in signing this waiver you are confirming that you will follow any safety guidance given to you. If, having followed those safety instructions, you suffer personal injury you may still be able to claim compensation from the owners of the trampoline park.
At present, there is a voluntary safety standard in place which trampoline parks must adhere to if they wish to join the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IAPT). Those standards include providing a safety briefing, ensuring all areas within the park are staffed, having sufficient lighting and not providing jumps over 6 feet high. However, this is only a voluntary standard and trampoline parks do exist which do not adhere to these safety standards.
There have been calls to the government to provide specific regulations regarding trampoline parks in an effort to ensure that children and adults can continue to enjoy this fun-filled activity safe in the knowledge that their safety is being looked after. At Jordans we are in support of regulating this family friendly activity and await the government’s response with interest.
If you have been injured at a trampoline park you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Here at Jordans Solicitors we have a dedicated personal injury team with experience and expertise in advising on a wide range of injuries. If you would like advice regarding your injuries please contact our Personal Injury team on 01924 457 171 or request a callback