New Bill Would Make Trampoline Parks Safer

March 20, 2014

Trampoline courts in Arizona would have new safety standards, if a bill making its way through the Legislature becomes law. Under it, trampoline parks would be required to undergo annual inspections, have accident records and proof of insurance. The legislation is named for Ty Thomason, who died bouncing on a trampoline two years ago at the age of 30. Thomason was the son of Maureen Curley.

“He broke his neck in five places and laid motionless in the pit for well over 12 minutes, without oxygen to his brain. A majority of employees were under the 18 and had no idea what to do," said Curley.

Curley told the Public Safety Committee that trampoline parks have no accountability for their design, the materials used in construction or the training of employees in emergency procedures.

Apache Junction Rep. Douglas Coleman said the measure would create statewide emergency standards for trampoline parks. Nobody spoke against the bill, which now goes to the Rules Committee in the Senate.