A woman who fractured her spine is taking legal action against the trampoline park where the injury occurred.
Sarah McManus, 29, from Oswestry in Shropshire, sustained the injury at the Flip Out Chester park in Cheshire on January 15.
The personal assistant and receptionist – who now wears a back brace every day – was jumping from a four-metre high ledge into a foam pit when she fractured her T12 verterbra.
She said: “I followed the instructions on the sign and landed in the seated position as suggested, but when I hit the foam, I heard a crack in my back and felt like I’d been winded.
“I was barely able to breathe and couldn’t shout for help so I had to throw some of the foam sponges in the air to get attention.”
Miss McManus says she contacted Flip Out to alert them of her safety concerns and serious injury, but received no reply from the company. She has now brought a claim against the firm.
Four ‘serious accidents’
A further three people are now said to have been injured since Miss McManus raised the alarm.
Representing Ms McManus, associate solicitor at Express Solicitors in Manchester, Jonathan Flattery, said: “We know that three other people have been seriously injured on the ‘tower jump’ and, while it has closed now, it should have been shut down sooner.”
Nurse Liza Jones, student nurse Ceri Jones and George Magraw, a University of Leeds student, are all reported to have sustained fractured spines while doing the “tower jump” at the trampoline park in February.
“Serious accidents like these should not take place,” continued Mr Flattery. “However, for four to happen within a month or so is unacceptable.”
The attraction has since been replaced.
‘Excellent safety record’
A spokesman for Flip Out Chester says the firm is investigating the claims and trying to establish the circumstances around the injuries.
He said: “Since opening in December, more than 200,000 people have visited Flip Out Chester and we have an excellent safety record.
“Safety is our number one priority and we strive to ensure that everyone who visits can enjoy all of the activities in a safe environment.”
Source: Shropshire Star
Date Published: March 25, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown