Bouncy castle conviction after runaway slide injures six people in Harrogate
A man has been convicted after his runaway inflatable slide broke loose and injured six people in Ripley.
The inflatable was tethered to the ground at Ripley Cricket Club for a car boot sale on 28 April 2013. However, it broke free of its moorings in high winds with two children still on the bouncy castle.
It tumbled across the cricket ground from the spot where it was anchored, hitting several people as well as knocking over stalls that were also set up for the car boot sale. Four people were hospitalised following the incident.
After a two day hearing at Harrogate Magistrates Court, the slide’s owner Victor Lusher was found guilty of two offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The hearing stated that Mr Lusher had failed to maintain the slide in good repair and failed to ensure the safety of members of the public.
He is due to be sentenced on 21 April.
The Health and Safety Executive began an investigation after the inflatable slide was impounded by Police after the incident in 2013. The investigation was then transferred to Harrogate Borough Council.
The investigation revealed that Mr Lusher did not use enough anchor points to tether his bouncy castle; that the slide was already damaged; and that in the windy weather on that day the inflatable should not have been used.
Harrogate Borough Council’s Nicky Garside who is head of Safer Communities, said:
“This was a very serious incident which could so easily have resulted in major injuries.
“Fortunately the injuries sustained by the children on the slide and those hit by the slide were relatively minor.
“However, as the operator had failed in his duties to ensure the safety of the members of the public in attendance, he needed to be held accountable for his actions.”