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Facility

Hillcrest Primary School, site of the jumping castle incident.

Incident Type

Fatal accident involving a jumping castle lifting into the air, resulting in six student deaths.

Date of Incident

December 16, 2021.

Penalty Imposed

The case is pending in court, with operator Taz-Zorb facing charges for failing to comply with health and safety duties.

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Introduction

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.

Operational Context

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.

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