Claim is lodged for slide injury

THE guardian of an Emerald toddler who fell 8m off an amusement slide during a CQ mine's fun day is suing the ride's operator.

A claim lodged with the Rockhampton District Court alleges the operator provided an unsafe slide.

The incident happened on November 22, 2008, when the toddler was aged three and measured 95cm tall.

"The defendants had supplied and installed amusement equipment at Bluff Racetrack, for the Jellinbah Mine work party for reward," the claim says.

It said the equipment included a super slide consisting of a large fibreglass panel installed on the back of a truck. Patrons would climb stairs next to the panel up to 8m and slide down the panel on a supplied Hessian bag.

"Beside the stairs was a purported safety rail consisting of a top rail, widely spaced perpendicular rails braced by diagonal rails," the claim says.

It is claimed the child was almost at the top when he slipped on the sack and fell through the safety rail for about eight metres.

The toddler suffered a broken left leg from the fall.

The claim alleges the operator provided an unsafe slide that did not have a proper rail and allowed the toddler to use the slide.

The claim is for more than $75,000.

The ride operator declined to comment.



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