GASTONIA, N.C. — Channel 9 is pushing for answers after an 18-year-old broke his leg at the same Gastonia trampoline park where a 12-year-old boy died earlier this year.
The latest incident happened Friday night at Altitude on Franklin Boulevard.
Since the end of June, Gaston County EMS has responded to the facility three times.
Matthew Lu died at the trampoline park in June when he fell 10 to 15 feet from a rock-climbing wall.
The company shut down the rock-climbing wall after his death.
Renee Dabbs’ daughter had a birthday party at Altitude last year.
“It’s easy to get hurt,” Dabbs said. “You've got the trampolines and kids jumping everywhere. The rock climbing wall, I wouldn't let her get on that, because I was terrified she could get hurt.
At Defy Gravity in Hickory, a boy broke both heels, a young man broke his right foot and a mother tore her ACL.
A Cabarrus County man is now suing Queen City Jump, which is a franchise of Sky High Sports, after breaking his leg at a Pineville trampoline park in 2014. The man claimed that he suffered traumatic injury “caused by his foot being trapped underneath a yellow safety pad."
Currently, trampoline parks are not regulated by the state.
“You'd think someone would be in there looking at it, regulating it, making sure it’s safe,” resident Jackson Barkley said.
Many facilities, such as Altitude, say they have staff inspections, training and safety reviews, but no outside agency goes inside to check.
Many trampoline parks require customers to sign a waiver giving up the right to sue for injuries and death.
Some attorneys argue that the warnings are hard to read and understand, but they stress that you should make sure you understand what you're signing.
Anchor Allison Latos has contacted lawmakers on the House insurance, health and regulatory reform committees and the state Attorney General’s Office.
We will have an update once we hear back from them.
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