The collision highlighted the dangers rigid hoardings can pose to players. Mr Roberts said the inflatable hoardings he had designed are soft enough to eliminate the dangers posed by wood-and-steel and electronic hoardings.
He called on stadiums, advertisers and event organisers to put an end to the use of dangerous hoardings for the sake of the players.
“This is not a blood sport. Something’s got to change, and someone has to take responsibility. It’s the players’ job to score tries out there and entertain, but venues, advertisers and competition organisers have a duty of care to keep them safe while doing it.
“We’ve got to ask ourselves, are we doing everything reasonable to keep players safe? In this case, I’d say no. Packaworld developed Packasign so these situations would be a thing of the past, and it shouldn’t take another injury to make people see the light.”
Mr Roberts said these situations were all too common, and had proven season-ending for players in the past, such as Kangaroos player Luke Lewis, whose 2013 Rugby League World Cup dreams were ended by a dislocated shoulder after a collision with hoardings.
He said Packasign hoardings are composed of inflatable poles, covered in easily interchangeable cloth so as to provide a soft surface in case of collisions, and were an attractive, safe and portable solution for advertising at sports venues.
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