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A court document alleges significant safety failures by the jumping castle operator, Taz-Zorb, led to a tragic incident at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania, resulting in the deaths of six students.
Details of the Incident
In December 2021, during an end-of-year event, six students tragically died and others were injured when a jumping castle at Hillcrest Primary School became airborne. The court document alleges only half of the required anchor points were secured, and the anchor pegs were improperly installed.
Rosemary Anne Gamble, operating as Taz-Zorb, is accused of failing to comply with health and safety duties. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) alleges inadequate anchorage and lack of proper training and supervision contributed to the incident.
Court’s Decision and Impact on Victims
Ms. Gamble is expected to enter a plea in the Devonport Magistrates Court in February. The DPP’s allegations outline serious safety lapses and inadequate precautions, which allegedly led to the jumping castle becoming airborne during a weather event.