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Boy, seven, hurt in fall at Sheffield play centre

Pictured is Lisa Taylor of Adrian Cres,Parson X with her 7 years old son Tom,who is complaining about Monkey Business,at Sheffield Centertainment

Pictured is Lisa Taylor of Adrian Cres,Parson X with her 7 years old son Tom,who is complaining about Monkey Business,at Sheffield Centertainment

HEALTH and safety bosses are investigating after a mum says her seven-year-old son was hurt when a piece of equipment broke in a Sheffield play centre.

Lisa Taylor was at Monkey Bizness at Valley Centertainment with son Tom fell to the floor and banged his head from a swing which snapped.

She says the swing had black duct tape on it and wants to know if it had broken previously.

The 41-year-old, from Parson Cross, took photographs of the damaged equipment on her mobile phone.

Staff at the play centre - one of three franchises nationally trading under the Monkey Bizness name - refused to comment when contacted on separate occasions by The Star.

Lisa contacted Sheffield Council’s trading standards department. A spokesman said: “Mrs Taylor contacted us about the incident and we have referred it to health and safety, which is part of environmental regulations.

“I have spoken to the manager there and they are going to talk to Mrs Taylor and the play centre.”

Lisa said: “He was just swinging on the equipment, like you are supposed to, when it snapped as he was in the air.

“He fell to the floor and banged his head, and he was crying.

“I went to inform staff and I explained to the manager what had happened.

“She asked Tom a few questions - and then said he ‘didn’t have concussion because he answered them all correctly’.”

Lisa returned to the play centre the next day to ask to see health and safety risk assessments carried out for the play equipment.

“The manager told me I was not allowed to see the assessments.

“I want to know when this swing was last tested and why it appeared to have been stuck back together with duct tape on the day it snapped when Tom was using it.”

 
 
 

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