Airbags are becoming more prevalent pieces of equipment within trampoline parks. At Independents we consult with all the main manufacturers and our client base of trampoline park operators to ensure that best practice is adopted within the industry. We see the importance of using an experienced manufacturer not only from a safety perspective but the ongoing support for maintenance and testing.
Tomas Huting of BigAirBag® has made come commentary below however we recommend that you speak to your own manufacturer in the first instance.
“At BigAirBag® we recognise that FOAM PIT AirBags become more and more popular in trampolines parks across the world. They offer great advantages over traditional foam pits in terms of hygiene, throughput and safety, yet they also invite us to learn new tricks and thereby meet new boundaries.
Dealing with all sorts of different cultures, regulations and skill levels of end users, we feel a great obligation in advising operators of how to most sensibly work with this never ending urge. “
Within the last 18 months we are now seeing claims starting to filter through from our client base and from the work we have undertaken we have found the following:
• Some parks having several injuries and claims
• Injuries are predominantly ankle, knee and hip injuries but we have also seen some back injuries
• Importance of complying with manufacturers guidelines on usage and maintenance
• In particular check what the manufacturer states regarding landing (some state no landing on feet)
• Inconsistencies in safety briefing videos – IATP have issued a new briefing video picking up on the airbag landing
• Signage and training of court monitors also needs to be clear in respect of air bag landings.
Ongoing communication with your manufacturer is very important. Tomas Huting goes onto commenting further
“Especially when free falling from platforms or jumping from anything which is levelled higher than the airbag, an ideal landing is done on but or back.
When training certain moves which specifically demand a landing on your feet, we do advise to add an additional foam support on top of the airbag to provide more stability in the soft area.
More important is to urge and assist end users to train within their own abilities, which can only be done with the supervision of quality instructors.
We do train all our clients in this to make sure that they can easily cope with end users in all sorts of situations and under high volumes using the airbag.”