People were shocked when news broke on Wednesday, January 24th that a father of 3 was fatally injured at Richmond’s Extreme Air Park.
Since the event, numerous people have noted that the facility seemed extremely unprepared to handle such an emergency.
The Times Colonist spoke to a witness to the event, Charles Bouzakis, who was appalled by the lack of safety at the facility. He mentioned how there seemed to be absolutely no organization, and very little supervision.
“His daughter’s at the front desk screaming and crying: ‘My dad’s stuck and he’s not breathing.’ And the front-desk attendant said: ‘One moment. I’m just checking in these customers. I’ll be with you after that,’ ” Bouzakis said.
Bouzakis also posted his thoughts on Facebook after the incident. He noted how, “the staff are extremely under qualified children them selves.” Furthermore, he added that, “I know CPR I was in an impossible situation buried my self in 6 feet of foam blocks in an 8 foot pit.”
Richmond’s Extreme Air Park
Bouzakis wasn’t the only person that felt staff were unqualified and unprepared. Multitudes of people replied on his post, while others took toTwitter to share their opinions.
Extreme Air Park no staff with first aid ? Shut them down for good. Those poor girls will be haunted for years by staff who wouldn’t listen to their cries for help. Terrible. #yyj #yvr https://t.co/kM0UYoZ0sp
— Bmon (@Bmon555) January 25, 2018
@Apex_Richmond I had planned on taking some kids to Apex this weekend. What are your supervision and safety standards? Does anyone know first aid on site? I am concerned due to what happened at Extreme Air Park. Thank you
— Salty Stew’s Seafood (@saltystews) January 25, 2018
“According to the International Association of Trampoline Parks (IATP), the number of parks has swollen worldwide from three in 2009 to more than 1,000 by the end of last year. The explosion has seen a corresponding spike in injuries,” reports CBC News.
Canada currently doesn’t regulate trampoline parks; the country has a tendency to follow American Standards, but it has not regulating body of its own.