Be Careful About Your Waiver Wording

Dodge Ball Trampoline Park

A news station in New Jersey reports that a family will be able to proceed with their lawsuit against a trampoline park regardless of wording in the waiver that states that the participant is signing over the right to bring the trampoline park to trial.  The wording of the waiver stated that the dispute would have to go through arbitration rather than through the courts. On July 13th, 2016 the court ruled that this was not enforceable because it did not make it clear that the signee was signing over their right to sue. The agreement also did not explain how arbitration differs from a trial in court.

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Watercraft Critters – What is covered?

Safeco Critters Image

While they might look cute & furry, animals can cause major damage to your watercraft. One of carriers Safeco recently put out an infographic giving real life claim examples of boat damage by animals. This illustrations can you give you a great idea of what would be covered in the event of animal damage on your watercraft.

Loss of a watercraft due to direct damage by rodents, insects, marine life & other types of animals is not covered. However, if animal damage causes consequential (or indirect) loss you could be covered. One example Safeco gave was muskrats that had chewed the bellows of a boat. The holes allowed water to get into the boat and the boat sank. Now, because the boat sank as a result of the muskrats chewing holes in the bellows this would be an indirect consequence. The cost to repair the boat was covered. The rubber bellows were not covered because the were directly damaged by the muskrats.

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Horrific Carnival Ride Accident in Nebraska

Girl Scalped by Carnival Ride

At a Cinco de Mayo carnival in Omaha, Nebraska an 11 year old girl’s scalp was torn from her head when her long hair got caught in a carnival ride called “King’s Crown”. Witnesses say that she slipped from her seat onto the floor of the ride and her hair got caught in the spinning mechanism in the middle of the ride. The ride kept spinning for up to 5-10 minutes as people yelled for the operator to stop the ride. She also suffered a skull fracture in the incident. Graphic images after her surgery show where her scalp was reattached right along her eyes. Her family says the doctor’s do not know if the girl will ever be able to see again.

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“Captain Bubble” to attempt Bermuda journey in homemade water ball

(Joe Cavaretta / Sun Sentinel)

Reza Baluchi nicknamed “Captain Bubble” plans on making a second attempt to roll his inflatable bubble from Pompano Beach Florida all the way to Bermuda in the ocean. His water ball is a homemade inflatable bubble encased in attached tracks, which he calls his “Hydro Pod”. His first attempt to make the 1,033 mile trip in 2014 ended in him having to be rescued by the US Coast Guard. Despite his previous failure he has made plans to try again.

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Bungee Trampoline Rental Owner accused of Child Pornography

Joseph Masters

The owner of Action Joe’s, a party rental company that rents out Bungee Trampolines, Hamster Balls, Portable Rock Walls, Zip Lines & Inflatable Slides has been accused of producing child pornography. Police were first contact on March 18th when a woman called saying that the owner (Joe Masters) had tried to molest her 9 year old daughter. The St. Ann Missouri police obtained a search warrant for his home & hidden surveillance video of children in his home. In one video a girl was taped using the bathroom. Continue reading “Bungee Trampoline Rental Owner accused of Child Pornography”

Fatal Indoor Trampoline Park Injury

Drevon Card in the Hospital

A Michigan 15 year old was fatally injured after jumping into a foam pit at an indoor trampoline park the locals call “Flip City”. On March 22nd, Drevon Card was at Total Sports Boys and Girls Club when the unthinkable occurred. The teen landed on his stomach instead of his feet or back into the foam pit & was immediately unresponsive with a broken neck and swelling in the brain. He was rushed to the nearby children’s hospital where he died from his injuries just a few days later on March 25th.

The news reports say that the injury came just minutes after a manager went over the rules, but it is unclear if any or how many staff were nearby when the incident happened or if Drevon Card actually heard the manager’s rules. It has not yet been reported whether a lawsuit will be filed against the trampoline park for the accident. Continue reading “Fatal Indoor Trampoline Park Injury”

Paralyzed Man Sues Trampoline Park

paralyzedvideo

According to various local news stations in Minneapolis Minnesota a 39 year man is suing the Airmaxx Trampoline Park for an injury that happened last summer. As seen in the video the man tried to do a double flip into the foam pit. Unfortunately, he landed on his neck and is now paralyzed. The lawsuit against the trampoline park is alleging that the center did not have a deep enough foam pit for someone to jump into safely.

The attorney from the trampoline park expressed condolences for the accident, but that the trampoline park does not think that they were at fault. The attorney cited that the man did sign a waiver and that the customers are instructed before entering the trampoline area not to exceed their capabilities.  According to the injured man’s attorney he only signed a waiver as a guardian for his son and not himself. The lawsuit is still in it’s early stages. Continue reading “Paralyzed Man Sues Trampoline Park”

Escape Room Safety & Making the Most Out of Your Game

Before the Escape Room

I went to my first Escape Room this weekend, “The Zombie Apocalypse”. The experience was great! But their were some things that the creators may not have thought of in terms of safety. I would like to share some of my experience so that other Escape Room’s can think about these things when setting up their game.

1. When we first went in the room we in the pitch dark with a very small dim flashlight. It made for a very creepy experience. Then the screen says: “You don’t have to do this in the dark”…okay, so I start going all the room looking for a switch and the next thing you know I am tripping over an IV pole. A few seconds later my daughter did the same thing. Phew, finally got the light on, much better! Continue reading “Escape Room Safety & Making the Most Out of Your Game”

Trampoline Parks, the newest fad in recent years…or are they?

 Trampoline Parks have been popping up all over the U.S. in recent years. While many may think that this is a new type of entertainment it was actually a big fad in the late 1950’s & early 1960’s. The parks were usually created in large grass lots full of pits that the trampolines were put into.

Jumpers could pay 25-50 cents to jump on the trampolines for a half hour. According to a May, 1960 article in LIFE magazine, the parks had gone from three in the Los Angeles area in the fall, to 175 in May. They said that the trampolines parks were opening at a rate of 10 a week. The article reported that their were accidents such as a 16 year old boy dying after dislocating his neck…but that “most of the injuries are sprains and bruises and insurance companies say that the rate of accidents is statistically low”. Continue reading “Trampoline Parks, the newest fad in recent years…or are they?”

Historic landmark creates a new level to Escape Rooms

Escape Manor in Ottawa, Canada has announced that they will launching the “world’s largest” escape room today (March 9th). The new escape room takes place in the historical “Diefenbunker”. The Diefenbunker was created secretly in 1959 during the cold war as a place to house important government officials in case of a nuclear attack in Canada. According to the Diefenbunker Museum it was the site of many top-secret communications during the cold war.

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