Reducing Trampoline Accidents That Result In Injury
Today’s topic written by Aaron Crane, an experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyer at Cantor Crane, discusses injuries that result from playing on a trampoline. Trampolines provide a great opportunity for individuals to enjoy exercise and recreation. Most can remember the first time they stepped foot on a trampoline with the exhilarating experience created through the weightless feeling of jumping. However, these fun and exciting pieces of equipment have the potential to cause accidents that result in serious injury. Unfortunately, trampolines have even been the primary cause of fatalities. Through adhering to safety precautions and using careful judgement when jumping on a trampoline, you can ensure the most safety possible for all users.
Common Injuries Cause by Trampoline Use
Most of the injuries that happen to individuals on trampolines are caused when jumpers bump into each other, when individuals attempt stunt tricks, the energy caused when the trampoline rebounds, or from falls. Hospitals throughout the nation report that the most common injuries seen affect the jumpers lower extremities. While many home trampolines contain protective nets and padded mats to cover the springs, this does not guarantee that an accident will not occur.
Preventative Measures to Reduce Trampoline Injuries
There are several steps that can be taken to reduce possible injuries that can be caused by trampoline use. The United States Product Safety Commission provides several recommendations to parents and users that will lower this risk including:
- Do not allow jumpers to perform tricks such as somersaults.
- Only allow one person to jump on the trampoline at a time.
- Keep the trampoline springs covered by the manufacturer’s padding.
- Do not place the trampoline near structures that may cause injury to users.
- Do not allow children under the age of six to jump on full-sized trampolines.
- Supervise jumpers at all times.
- Place an enclosure net around the trampoline to prevent jumpers from falling.
- Ensure that small children cannot access the trampoline through various sources such as ladders.
The care and maintenance of a trampoline is crucial not only for its preservation, but for the safety of jumpers. There are a few general considerations to examine and relay to users including jumping without shoes on to the mat and limiting the amount of people on the trampoline to reduce stretching of the mat and springs. Furthermore, individuals who use the trampoline should be briefed on not climbing up the safety net, as it could damage the integrity of the enclosure. Placing a trampoline in the right location will help avoid sun damage as well as rips and tears from debris. Examine the trampoline often for traces of rust. While they are made to withstand harsh climates, over time natural wear and tear will occur. Protective covers are available during inclement weather to shield the mat and surrounding structures.
Recently, safety standards have been implemented in the United States requiring manufacturers not only test, but confirm that the items they sell abide by these standards. These regulations are divided into two main categories.
1. Components – This safety specification analyzes the assembly and use of consumer trampolines. The regulation’s primary purpose is to reduce hazards that are associated with home use.
2. Performance and Safety Requirements – This safety specification looks at the potential hazards with the manufacture and assembly of trampoline components, maintenance, use, and labelling of enclosures.
Steps to Take in the Event of an Accident
Although trampolines are common and provide an unlimited source of fun to many, serious injuries are a risk. As our personal injury attorneys have shown, there has been an overall increase in the number of injuries involving broken necks, spinal cord injuries, and significant head trauma as well as broken bones, dislocations, and sprains. There are a few steps to take if you or someone you know is involved in a trampoline accident.
Determine the Extent of the Injuries – If the jumper appears to have a sprain, broken arm, or broken leg, it is best to take them to the emergency room by vehicle as soon as possible. If the injury appears to be serious and involves the head, neck, or spine, it is best to leave it to medical specialists and call 911.
Report the Injuries to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) – A consumer product injury report form is available online and can be filled out then sent to the CPSC. They will record the injury and include it as part of their yearly statistical report.
Document Serious Injuries – For serious injuries that affected the head, neck, or spine as well as fatalities, important details such as what happened, where it occurred, the trampoline manufacturer, and the physician’s report should all be recorded.
Cantor Crane is an Arizona personal injury law firm that deals with more than just injuries occurring in automobiles. They are able to consult and work with your towards your injury case involving a trampoline accident. Contact Cantor Crane at (602) 254-2701.