Local governments and communities frequently run events or functions with hired jumping castles but do you know your responsibilities?
The Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ) recently published the follow update on Jumping Castle Safety.
Over the last five years, there have been a number of incidents involving jumping castles where children have recieved injuries.
It's is important that the person with management or control (PWMC) of any of these devices must:
- Provide adequate information and make it available to enable the safe set-up and use of it
- Ensure that the device is set up and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s specifications
- The anchorage system is designed to prevent the device becoming airborne. The anchorage system should be considered in its entirety (i.e. ground conditions, stake, rope, rope angle, connections, attachment to inflatable, number and placement of anchorages)
- Sufficient ground area is available to secure it as the required angle for tie-down ropes/straps can vary
- All anchors provided with the device are installed and used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions
- The stakes or anchors used are fit for purpose where the inflatable is set-up on hard or paved surfaces and is not secured with ground anchor stakes, the anchorage system should be designed to withstand the same forces as though it was secured with ground anchor stakes
- Workers are trained and competent to safely setup the device
- Weather conditions are continuously monitored and if the wind speed approaches the maximum allowed by the manufacturer, then the ride should be evacuated and deflated immediately
Additionally, the person with management or control must ensure that the device is maintained and routinely inspected as per the manufacturer’s instructions (this includes inflatable amusement devices), for any rips in the fabric and seams, and to ensure the integrity of anchor points and anchorage systems for the device.
For more information, contact Work Health and Safety Queensland on 1300 362 128.