In­jury toll on slide adding up

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS -

Six chil­dren were sent to hos­pi­tal in Master­ton af­ter the gi­ant in­flat­able slide that a Ti­tahi Bay woman broke her leg on last month, col­lapsed.

Part of Waikato com­pany Event Fun Un­lim­ited’s 12-me­tre in­flat­able slide buck­led at Master­ton A&P Show on Fe­bru­ary 21, send­ing chil­dren tum­bling to the ground.

Six were taken to hos­pi­tal with cuts, bruises and sprains. All were later dis­charged.

Ti­tahi Bay mother Anna Te Puni broke her leg on it in Jan­uary and Porirua City Coun­cil closed the slide down.

She com­plained to WorkSafe NZ about her ac­ci­dent and what she called manager Eric Ger­rit­sen’s ‘‘cow­boy­ish’’ re­sponse, but was told noth­ing could be done be­cause in­flat­able slides were not cov­ered un­der the Amuse­ment De­vices Reg­u­la­tions in the Ma­chin­ery Act.

Two more peo­ple were in­jured on an­other com­pany’s Mon­ster Slide ear­lier this month.

He­len Tick­ner, of the Master­ton show’s or­gan­is­ing com­mit­tee, said it knew of the Porirua ac­ci­dent but still con­tracted Event Fun, in part be­cause WorkSafe had al­lowed it to keep op­er­at­ing.

A spokesman for health and safety reg­u­la­tor WorkSafe said an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has be­gun.

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