The Numbers That Matter In Bouncy Castle Tragedies

As Australia mourns the loss of 5 children in a Bouncy Castle disaster, calls have been intensifying as to how such an awful event could have happened in the first place. When it comes to Bouncy Castle tragedies, only two numbers matter – 4 & 1.

4 Bouncy Castle Tragedies…

Whilst it is unclear exactly how many lives have been lost due to Bouncy Castle tragedies, there have been at least 4 that we are aware of. They are:

As parents around the World mourn the loss of Zane Mellor, Addison Stewart, Peter Dodt, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones and Jye Sheehan, the number four means that on four occasions parents have experienced the inconsolable grief of losing those nearest and dearest to them. Which leads us to the importance of the number 1.

1 Death Is 1 Too Many…

There is no number that can remove the pain of losing an innocent child..except Zero.

Even 1 death is one too many. So, what lessons can be learnt from this? Bouncy Castles are not inherently dangerous…if used correctly.

With investigations ongoing as to whether the Bouncy Castle was adequately tethered in the latest tragedy, the importance of Safety cannot be overstated. But, how can this be addressed?

Most people feel that regulations can be quite intrusive, especially since nearly every area of life seems to have an endless list of do’s and don’ts. But, it is clear that in areas or equipment that can result in loss of life..especially the life of a child…regulations must be maintained.

Are such regulations in place now? Consider this, from a UK government website:

As an owner or the person making it available for use, you are responsible for making sure the following tests are carried out…A new inflatable should have an ‘initial test’ to confirm it complies with BS EN 14960Make sure an annual inspection is carried out by a competent person. They should identify the inflatable and blower by their serial numbers and look at any previous inspection reports and certificates. They should also inspect any part of the inflatable and its equipment that may affect its safe operation.

https://www.hse.gov.uk/entertainment/fairgrounds/inflatables.htm

Note where the responsibility rests. The ‘owner’ is responsible for making sure tests are carried out. An ‘initial test’ and an ‘annual’ test should be carried out. However, since the inspections and regulations are the responsibility of the owner, or a ‘competent person’, there is little that can seemingly be done to ensure that safety is adequately overseen.

As such, whilst 1 death is 1 too many, leaving the future of Bouncy Castle disasters as a voluntary issue means that 4 may not be the end of the road for tragedies.

Londonlad
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