Play centre charged after child injured in serious fall

WorkSafe has charged an indoor play centre in Maidstone after an eight-year-old child suffered a fractured spine when they fell about seven metres from a rope ladder in July 2022.


Entertainment Velocity Pty Ltd, trading as Funtopia Maribyrnong, faces three charges under section 23(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to ensure that persons other than employees were not exposed to health and safety risks.

WorkSafe alleges the company failed, so far as was reasonably practicable, to reduce the risk of uncontrolled falls by adequately inspecting, maintaining and, where necessary, replacing its climbing safety equipment.

The matter is listed for a filing hearing at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on 28 March 2024.