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Authorities have charged a Tasmania jumping castle operator two years after an incident at a primary school that left six children dead.
Tasmania jumping castle

Authorities have charged a Tasmania jumping castle operator nearly two years after an incident at a primary school that left six children dead.

Three others were seriously injured during the 2021 tragedy in Devonport.

Taz-Zorb, the company at the centre of the incident, has now been accused of failing in its health and safety duties.

Here’s what you need to know.

Jumping castle incident

Hillcrest Primary School students in Tasmania’s north were celebrating the end of the school year when a gust of wind lifted a jumping castle into the air.

The children inside the castle fell from an estimated height of 10 metres.

The incident triggered an outpouring of grief. The Hillcrest community raised nearly $1 million for friends and family of the six children who died.

Charges

Tasmania‘s Director of Public Prosecutions has filed a complaint over the jumping castle incident in the Devonport Magistrates Court. It’s alleging Taz-Zorb failed in its health and safety issues, “in a way that exposed the children to a risk of death or serious injury.”

The charges follow a “significant” investigation by WorkSafe Tasmania, the state’s workplace safety watchdog.

Taz-Zorb faces penalties of up to $1.5 million dollars.

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