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Council urges businesses to take fun seriously

Posted by Communications Team on 3 October 2019 | Comments

Babergh District Council is encouraging businesses with bouncy castles or inflatable play equipment, to seek advice from health and safety officers following an incident earlier this year that left a youngster with a fractured leg.

The council is encouraging businesses across the district to seek safety advice in light of an accident at the Maldon Grey pub in Sudbury in May, where a child suffered a fractured leg having fallen from a bouncy castle.

The pub’s director Mr Watmough was issued with a Simple Caution relating to offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 having failed to have adequate safety measures or an appropriate risk assessment in place for its inflatable play equipment.

The pub has since been working with council officers to implement the necessary safety measures to avoid preventable accidents in future.

The council had sent businesses across the district advice about how to safely operate play equipment and urged them to get in touch if they need help putting safety measures in place.

Cllr Elisabeth Malvisi, Babergh District Council’s cabinet member for environment, said:

“Our food and safety officers work hard to make sure businesses are armed with the information they need to make eating out and playing in the district a safe and great experience.

“We don’t want to see any family days ruined by injury or worse through a preventable accident.  It’s encouraging that, working alongside our officers, the Maldon Grey pub has now been able to put the correct measures in place. I’d encourage any other business that hasn’t already, to seek advice from our safety team and help make our district as safe as possible.”

Anyone seeking further advice should email or see the council’s website.