Injury toll on slide adding up
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.