B.C. safety authority says trampoline parks need regulation in wake of Victoria man’s death

B.C. safety authority says trampoline parks need regulation in wake of Victoria man's death
Jay Greenwood, 46, died after an accident at the Extreme Air Park in Richmond B.C. in January 2018. His widow is suing on behalf of herself and his three step-children.

A provincial safety agency for the government is calling for the government to regulate all trampoline parks in B.C. following the death of a Victoria at a trampoline park in Richmond and a number of other serious injuries in separate incidents.

In January 2018, 46-year-old Jason Greenwood died at the Richmond Extreme Air Park after somersaulting into a foam pit.

Greenwood left behind his wife and three young stepchildren. His family is suing one of its staff claiming lack of supervision and safety instruction.

Now Technical Safety BC says trampoline parks pose a potential public safety risk similar to roller coasters, zip lines and waterslides – all of which are currently regulated by a safety code. Trampoline parks in B.C. have no standards or oversight around equipment, facility design, staffing levels or training.

“Obviously we are concerned about the safety, about the increasing injuries that are occurring. We are taking action. We are working very closely with health authorities and other insurance companies and other safety experts so we can do our best to put in regulation,” Janice Lee, technical director of TSBC, said.

Technical Safety BC says it will submit final recommendations to the province by the end of the year.

Trampoline parks are not currently regulated anywhere in Canada.

With files from CBC 





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