Gunnedah, Tamworth areas record trampoline injuries, NSW Ambulance says

JUMP SAFELY: Levi Sheridan's mum purchased a trampoline with a safety net to prevent injury. Photo: Peter Hardin 140317PHF02
JUMP SAFELY: Levi Sheridan's mum purchased a trampoline with a safety net to prevent injury. Photo: Peter Hardin 140317PHF02

AN amputated finger and a cut to the head were two in a raft of trampoline-related injuries reported to paramedics in the Tamworth electorate over the last three-years.

Paramedics say they attended more than 320 calls in the Hunter New England area which has prompted a warning in relation to home trampoline safety. 

According to the new statistics, children who were infants or up to 10 years old were the highest group prone to injury – but what was also alarming was the rate of adult injuries on trampolines.

About 1800 people in NSW were treated for trampoline-related incidents and paramedics have urged locals to take safety precautions at home and to ensure children are always supervised. 

Tamworth mother Tracy Sheridan took a no-risk approach when purchasing a trampoline for her children, Levi and Roman.

“The trampoline I have has a safety net around it so the kids can't fall off. It has a zipper you can do up so the kids can't fall out and it's big enough for both kids to get on and play,” she said.

“[Safety] is very important because so many things can happen in a second and safety comes first with any thing we get. The net is the main reason why I chose it. I’ve seen so many kids fall from trampolines that do not have nets.”

Paramedics also highlighted the dangers of misusing trampolines including as ‘springboards’ against walls and on one occasion a 13-year-old boy in the Hunter used a trampoline to launch his dirt bike, resulting in fractures.