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July 14th, 2018 by admin

Inflatable World Toowoomba criticised after 3-year-old boy’s death

A south-east Queensland play centre has been criticised for a lack of supervision in the wake of the death of a young boy following an incident at the centre on Sunday.
Nanjing Night Net

And a Toowoomba mother suing the indoor playground over her son’s broken leg suffered almost a year ago in a separate incident has called for the facility to be shut down.

Inflatable World Toowoomba didn’t answer questions about either incident but said it had taken extensive measures to ensure the highest workplace safety standards were met.

Any serious injuries were reported to Worksafe Queensland for a full investigation, a spokeswoman said.

Three-year-old Hunter Young died in hospital on Monday afternoon after being found unresponsive at the bottom of a slide at the centre on Sunday with injuries to the back of his head, according to police.

Tributes for Hunter and support for dad Lee Young and mum Michelle Langhorne flooded in when Mr Young posted a picture tribute on Tuesday night.

“I don’t have the words to make your pain go away,” said one friend. “We are all better people for having had him in our lives”, said another.

It’s believed the Coomera boy had been at the centre with his grandparents.

It’s understood Worksafe inspectors were still working to determine whether or not it was a “workplace injury” and, if so, what happened.

In a statement, the Inflatable World spokeswoman offered her condolences to the family and said all relevant authorities would carry out a full investigation and it would be inappropriate to comment further.

“Inflatable World takes the health and safety of our patrons, staff and others very seriously while they are onsite and have taken extensive measures to ensure we have the highest measures for workplace safety,” she said.

Mother-of-five Renee Williamson said her son, Kieran Seaton, had only recently had plates removed after badly breaking his leg at a birthday party in November last year.

She believes the centre should be closed.

“I’ve spoken to a lot of public members who say that the place needs to be shut down. In hindsight of this incident, I believe that it’s probably a good thing to have it closed down,” she said.

A notice of claim alleges Kieran, then 10, slipped going over the edge of the “cliff jump”, landing awkwardly and suffering a spiral fracture to his leg.

“It’s just impacted him a great deal. Behaviourally he did change,” Ms Williamson said.

“We had to seek therapy because he’s got this fear of doing new things.

“He’s worried he’s going to injure himself again doing something fun.”

Ms Williamson, 36, said an attendant warned her son not to do a flip, which he’d done on a previous jump after seeing other kids do the same, but that was the first instructions he’d been given.

She accused the centre of failing to maintain a safe premises, warn about risks, train her son and employ competent staff, among others.

Shine Lawyers partner and Toowoomba branch manager Katrina Pedersen, who is representing Ms Williamson in her claim against the centre, said she’d seen a rise in parents coming to them with complaints about the Toowoomba centre.

She wouldn’t quantify the increase or reveal whether the firm was representing any more claimants in suits against the centre.

KidSafe Queensland CEO Susan Teerds, who has previously raised concerns about newer and smaller theme parks similar to this one, said she’d noted an increase in children injured at inflatable parks.

“It can be dangerous,” she said, adding supervision could be an issue.

“It depends on your child’s ability and whether you’re going to sit there and supervise them.”

Ms Williamson said when she came in after the injury, there wasn’t enough supervision, with just one staff member per section, containing as many as six inflatables.

She claimed even before her son had his accident, she’d been told of other children who’d broken their legs at Inflatable World.

“After my son broke his leg, I was informed by one of the staff members that my son was the fourth child to do so,” she said.

“So with having that many injuries prior, just one one piece of equipment, I did fear that something was going to be in the way of a (more) serious injury to the head or neck could happen and that’s pretty much why I wanted it out in public.”

Worksafe Queensland will prepare a report into Hunter’s death for the coroner.

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