No charges over bouncy castle crash
WorkSafe New Zealand will not lay charges against the The Moorings Restaurant after an 8-year-old Hawea Flat boy was seriously injured on a bouncy castle.
On January 23 George Crotty was flown to Dunedin Hospital, suffered three brain bleeds and spent almost seven weeks in hospital after a freak gust of wind lifted a large blow-up climbing wall and bouncy castle at the restaurant in Pisa Moorings.
George was lifted into the air, slammed into a wall then found motionless on the concrete.
Investigations chief inspector Keith Stewart said ‘‘the investigation was extensive and an improvement notice has been issued to the bouncy castle owner’’.
An improvement notice may be issued when a labour inspector identifies failures in the workplace.
‘‘While the injuries suffered by the victim in this incident were serious, there was insufficient evidence to justify any stronger enforcement action by WorkSafe.
‘‘However, we have had discussions with this and other bouncy castle operators in the area about their obligations under the Health and Safety in Employment Act, particularly section 16 which requires people who control places of work to take all practicable steps to ensure that no hazard that is or arises in the place harms people in the vicinity of the place including people there solely for the purpose of recreation or leisure.
‘‘We have also discussed with them the practicable steps they should follow in the Australian Standard which is the applicable standard for operation of these devices in New Zealand,’’ he said.
The Moorings Restaurant did not return calls on the issue.
Recovered: Hawea Flat family Dave Crotty, Helen Best and 8-year-old George, after his recovery from a head injury sustained whenhewas blown from a bouncy castle.