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Mon Mar 28, 2016, 08:31 AM

 

Girl dies as bouncy castle blown away

A seven-year-old girl has died after a bouncy castle she was playing on blew away in Essex, England.
A 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence.


The article is very short on details, but how does someone get charged with manslaughter for a sudden gust of wind? Another source said it wasn't a windy day, just a sudden gust.

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Reply Girl dies as bouncy castle blown away (Original post)
GummyBearz Mar 2016 OP
ScreamingMeemie Mar 2016 #1
GummyBearz Mar 2016 #3
ScreamingMeemie Mar 2016 #4
malaise Mar 2016 #2
Dr Hobbitstein Mar 2016 #5
muriel_volestrangler Mar 2016 #6
Arugula Latte Mar 2016 #7
polly7 Mar 2016 #8

Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 08:33 AM

1. Possibly because they should be secured to the ground to prevent that from happening.

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Response to ScreamingMeemie (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 08:41 AM

3. That is the only thing I could come up with as well

 

I gave the workers the benefit of the doubt that they had secured it to the ground properly. But the article was short on details, so maybe they didn't.

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Response to GummyBearz (Reply #3)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 08:41 AM

4. Agreed.

Journalism has become a shoddy, shoddy business. How terrifying that had to have been.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 08:38 AM

2. Everything should have been shut down given the weather

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 10:13 AM

5. There are safety regulations for using bounce houses.

 

You HAVE to secure them to the ground via spikes. If you rent one, you sign a waiver acknowledging that you have read and understand the safety precautions.

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 10:22 AM

6. Others disagree - they had cancelled booking because of the forecast

But safety expert Neil Gossage has said the bouncy castle in question should not have been used when wind or gusts are more than Force 5 on the Beaufort scale.

"This is a terrible thing to have happened," he told the Mirror.

Mr Gossage hires out bouncy castles as well as being a registered safety inspector and said he had cancelled his outdoor bookings on seeing the forecast.

He said: "This inflatable should not have been installed with expected conditions.

"It shouldn't have been up at all."

http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/503876/child-dies-Essex-bouncy-council-horror

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 12:22 PM

7. Terrifying and awful.

 

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Response to GummyBearz (Original post)

Mon Mar 28, 2016, 12:32 PM

8. Poor little thing.




Yes, it definitely should have been secured with spikes - we've supplied bouncy houses for numerous town events and always do it, as well as trying to place them in shelter away from the wind - we get so much wind here. Terrible tragedy.

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