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I-Team: Skyrocketing Trampoline Park Injuries Keep First Responders Busy


WHEN WATERTOWN BOYS VISIT TO A TRAMPOLINE PARK ENDED WITH A TRIP TO THE HOSPITAL, HIS PARENTS RAISED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SAFETY OF THE FACILITY. WE LOOKED AT 911 RECORDS AND FOUND THAT HE IS NOT ALONE. Reporter: AS TRAMPOLINE PARK INJURIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY SKYROCKET, WE FOUND CALLS TO MASSACHUSETTS FIRE DEPARTMENTS ARE ALSO JUMPING. I THINK I JUST HAD THE ASSUMPTION IT WOULD BE LIKE GOING TO THE SCHOOL SWIMMING POOL LIKE SOMETHING HAPPENS, THE LIFEGUARD JUMPS DOWN AND TAKES CHARGE OF THE SITUATION. Reporter: DOUG AND TARA SAID THAT DID NOT HAPPEN WHEN THEIR FOUR-YEAR-OLD GABRIEL WENT TO A BIRTHDAY PARTY IN WATERTOWN THIS SUMMER. WHEN HE LANDED SQUARELY ON HIS NECK AND SHOULDERS. IT LOOKED LIKE HE WAS HAVING A SEIZURE. WE NEEDED TO GET HIM TO THE HOSPITAL. Reporter: THERE WAS NO ASSISTANCE. Reporter: DID ANY OF THE STAFF AT LAUNCH PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL 911? NOT THAT I KNOW OF. AM CALLING FROM LAUNCH AT WATERTOWN, MY SON FELL OFF A TRAMPOLINE. Reporter: EVERY ONE OF YOUR FEARS AS A PARENT I THOUGHT WERE GOING TO COME TRUE. Reporter: GABRIEL HAD A CERVICAL SPRAIN IN HIS NECK, HE’S DOING FINE NOW AND HIS PARENTS COUNT THEIR BLESSINGS. IN THE LAST SEVEN YEARS, AT LEAST SIX PEOPLE DIED AT TRAMPOLINE PARKS AND ACCORDING TO THE CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION, INJURY SHOT UP FROM 2500 IN 2013 TO ALMOST 18,000 IN 2017. LAUNCH SENT US A STATEMENT SAYING IN PART, LAUNCH IS PROACTIVE IN MAKING SURE ALL EMPLOYEES ARE PROPERLY TRAINED TO HANDLE ANY CRISIS THAT MAY OCCUR. STAFF IS TRAINED IN FIRST-AID INCLUDING CPR AND AED. WHEN WE CHECKED, WE DID SEE AN EMPLOYEE WATCHING OVER JUMPERS DOING FLIPS AND BACK BOUNCES WHILE SIGNS WARNED, DO NOT LAND ON HEAD OR NECK. THE MOST COMMON INJURIES WE SEE FROM TRAMPLING PARKS A REALLY MUSCULAR SKELETAL INJURIES SO WE SEE FRACTURES OF THE ARMS, FRACTURES OF THE LEGS. Reporter: WHILE THERE ARE NO FEDERAL REGULATIONS ON TRAMPOLINE PARKS, SOME STATES HAVE RECENTLY PASSED LAWS INCLUDING MICHIGAN WHERE LAUNCH HAS SEVERAL PARKS. WE OBTAINED 911 RECORDS SHOWING THEIR MICHIGAN FACILITIES EACH AVERAGED EIGHT CALLS FOR EMS OVER THE LAST YEAR WHILE THERE THREE PARKS IN MASSACHUSETTS WHICH HAS NO REGULATIONS HAD MORE CALLS. AVERAGING 13 EACH. WHAT YOU THINK SHOULD HAVE HAPPENED? I WOULD EXPECT THAT THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE THEIR SNOW HOW TO RESPOND. Reporter: LAUNCH TOLD US THE COMPANY IS TAKING MEASURES TO RESOLVE THE FAMILY’S CLAIMS AND SAYS SAFETY IS ONE OF ITS CORE

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