A beer garden with a bouncy castle seems like an ingenious, winning combination. It’s the perfect place for parents and friends to relax and enjoy a drink whilst the children are entertained and can play. However, the consequences of bouncy castle accidents are not a laughing matter and the threats to safety are both numerous and varied.
Bouncy castle accidents – slips, trips and falls
The statistics surrounding bouncy castle injuries make for alarming reading. The youth organisation, Boy’s Brigade, says that there are approximately 10,000 bouncy castle-related injuries suffered over the course of an average year in the United Kingdom.
Of these incidents, around 4,000 occur in private settings whilst the remainder happen in public places such as beer gardens.
Most of the injuries are caused by trips and falls where children either fall off the inflatable altogether or land on another child whilst bouncing. Other sources of public injuries include awkward landings and accidents following attempts to pull off spectacular leaps and stunts.
Bouncy castle accidents – adults getting involved
The presence of alcohol and inflatables is often an invitation for trouble. After a few drinks, some big kids find the temptation and lure of the bouncy castle too much to resist and end up bouncing around on equipment not designed for someone of their height and weight. This can all to easily lead to painful public accidents occurring and personal injuries being suffered.
Bouncy castle accidents – who is responsible?
The responsibility for safety on a bouncy castle depends on who the equipment belongs to. If it is the pub’s own inflatable, then it is the job of the management team to make sure that the correct insurance and procedures are in place to ensure the safety of guests.
If it is a hired inflatable, then it is the job of the bouncy castle company to have sufficient standards and checks in place to ensure public safety. This includes things like regular safety checks to the condition of the inflatable and enforcing ratios of how many people can go on at any one time.
If you or someone you know is inured in a bouncy castle accident that was the fault of someone else, either through negligence or a mistake, then public accident compensation may be due. Our expert legal team at Accident Advice Helpline can guide you throughout the entire accident claim process on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: July 8, 2014
Author: Accident Advice