Expert Concerned After Children Suffer Serious Injuries
Environmental health authorities in Yorkshire are investigating an incident in which a bouncy castle reportedly blew into the air after being hit by wind.
Three youngsters were hospitalised after the incident at the White Horse Hotel in Whitby on Sunday afternoon (May 29th), with one seven-year-old child suffering serious injuries including a broken rib and fractured lung.
It is believed that the bouncy castle broke loose from its tether, but experts from Scarborough District Council are now examining the circumstances of the incident.
Irwin Mitchell represents the families of a number of children who have been hurt in similar incidents involving inflatable attractions like bouncy castles, as well as rides at fairgrounds and theme parks.
Katrina Elsey, a public liability claims expert who specialises in such cases, said: “With summer edging ever closer and warmer weather emerging, it is understandable that more and more attractions like bouncy castles are being used.
“However, it is massively concerning that this incident is just one of several we’ve seen reported over the past month or so.
“Considering the seriousness of the injuries sustained in this case, it is vital that a full investigation is carried out into how and why the castle seemingly came loose from its tether.
“Answers are undoubtedly needed into what happened and it is vital, if further problems are to be avoided in the future, that any possible safety failings are identified as soon as possible.”