JUMPING CASTLE TRAGEDY: OPERATOR CHARGED

The operator of the inflatable jumping castle in which six children were fatally injured at Hillcrest Primary School in Tasmania has been charged with breaching section 32 of the State Work Health and Safety Act 2012.

Taz-Zorb faces allegations of failing to comply with safety duties, exposing the children to life-threatening risks. The charge carries a maximum fine of $1.5 million if convicted.

The decision to lay charges follows a lengthy investigation by WorkSafe Tasmania. The charges emerged despite legal efforts to prevent the state coroner from accessing investigation files, with concerns that disclosure could impact potential prosecutions.

The horrific incident occurred during a school event when strong winds lifted the jumping castle, causing the children to fall about 10 meters. WorkSafe Tasmania's executive director expressed condolences to the affected families and emphasised ongoing engagement with them throughout the year.

Pearce v Coroner Olivia McTaggart [2023] TASSC 37 (10 October 2023)

 

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