Devonport jumping castle operator pleads not guilty over safety breaches in tragic deaths of six Hillcrest Primary schoolchildren

A bouncy castle operator charged with workplace safety violations over the Hillcrest Elementary School tragedy in which six children died has pleaded not guilty.

Chace Harrison, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, Zane Mellor, Addison Stewart, Jye Sheehan and Peter Dodt died after the bouncy castle was lifted into the air in December 2021.

They enjoyed end-of-year celebrations with classmates on the oval of the school in Devonport in Tasmania’s north-west.

Rosemary Anne Gamble, the operator of a company called Taz-Zorb that supplied and erected the castle, was charged in November with failing to comply with workplace health and safety requirements.

Rosemary Anne Gamble (pictured), the operator of a company called Taz-Zorb which supplied and erected the castle, was charged in November with failing to comply with workplace health and safety requirements.

Rosemary Anne Gamble (pictured), the operator of a company called Taz-Zorb which supplied and erected the castle, was charged in November with failing to comply with workplace health and safety requirements.

Ms Gamble pleaded not guilty at Devonport Magistrates' Court on Friday morning to failing to comply with workplace health and safety requirements (pictured, the scene at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport after the tragedy

Ms Gamble pleaded not guilty at Devonport Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning to failing to comply with workplace health and safety requirements (pictured, the scene at Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport after the tragedy

Gamble appeared at Devonport Magistrates’ Court on Friday morning and entered a plea of ​​not guilty.

She was granted bail and is expected to appear in court next March.

It is claimed that the castle was anchored at four of its eight anchor points.

It is also alleged that pins were not installed at the recommended 45 degree angle and pins recommended by the manufacturer, or a suitable alternative, were not used.

According to court documents, seven students were on the castle when a ‘significant’ weather event occurred, causing it to become dislodged and airborne.

Chace Harrison, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, Zane Mellor, Addison Stewart, Jye Sheehan and Peter Dodt all died in the tragedy

Chace Harrison, Jalailah Jayne-Maree Jones, Zane Mellor, Addison Stewart, Jye Sheehan and Peter Dodt all died in the tragedy

According to court documents, the seven students were on the castle when a 'significant' weather event occurred, causing it to become dislodged and airborne.

According to court documents, the seven students were on the castle when a ‘significant’ weather event occurred, causing it to become dislodged and airborne.

They fell from the castle, while a blower attached to the castle to keep it inflated hit a nearby student.

It is alleged that Gamble failed to ensure that the anchoring system was sufficient to prevent the castle from lifting and did not ensure that there was a pin at each anchor point in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.

Gamble arrived at the school with two workers and set up the castle and zorb balls.

It is also alleged she failed to provide the workers with information, including the manufacturer’s operating manual for the castle.