More health and safety measures needed at trampoline parks

Concern over health and safety at trampoline parks in the UK

A number of organisations, which includes the British Gymnastics group, say more health and safety measures are needed at trampoline parks across the UK. The organisations have joined together and come up with a set of guidelines they believe should be put in place to make the parks safer.

In total, 13 organisations are backing the new draft of guidelines, which includes the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) and the International Association of Trampoline Parks.

More health and safety measures needed at trampoline parks

Jumpers Rebound Centre, Medway Park – trampolining © Copyright N Chadwick and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Trampoline parks do have to follow health and safety regulations but no rules are in place when it comes to building the parks and running them.

Angela Nash who runs a trampoline park in Leicestershire called Rebound, says that her main priority is safety and all members of the public using their facilities have to watch a safety briefing video first to show them the do’s and don’ts.

No figures are available to show how many injuries have occurred whilst people have been trampolining but new health and safety measures have been called for after a trampoline park in Dalkeith, Midlothian, recorded over 100 incidents during a three week period in 2015. The park eventually closed its doors.

As soon as the guidelines are concluded, RoSPA said they want all existing trampoline parks to confirm their compliance the the new guidelines within an 18 month period.

The number of trampoline parks springing up across England and Wales has shot up from only six in 2014, to around 100 this year, according to the International Association of Trampoline Parks. Indoor trampoline parks usually consist of a number of trampolines lined up next to one another and can also include bridges, slides and see-saws to jump off from.

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