Channel 4 has confirmed it is reviewing safety procedures on reality show The Jump, after Bunbury Olympian Beth Tweddle fractured her neck during training on Saturday (February 9).
Beth, 30, had to undergo surgery after fracturing two vertebrae in a fall, making her the latest in the show’s celebrity line-up to sustain an injury.
With calls for the show to be axed, Channel 4 said production company TwoFour has been ordered to reassess procedures due to the number of casualties this year.
'Element of risk'
A Channel 4 spokeswoman said: “The Jump is now in its third series and since launch 46 celebrities have taken part successfully.
“Though it is a new course, the events have been designed to be no more difficult than in previous years and all contributors have undertaken a rigorous training programme to prepare them for the show.
“All winter sports carry some element of risk but in light of the number of injuries this year, Channel 4 has asked the producers to review safety procedures again to further reduce the prospect of accident.”
Doctors took a piece of bone from Beth’s hip to fuse the two fractured vertebrae, before pinning them together.
Now recovering in hospital in Austria, the former Queen's School student – who is Britain’s most successful gymnast – said yesterday that the last 48 hours were ‘very scary’ but the messages of support she has received have helped to keep her positive.
Operation hailed a 'success'
Beth’s parents Ann and Jerry Tweddle said they are ‘very grateful’ that the operation was a success.
“The early medical indications were positive as Beth was able to move her hands and feet, despite being in a lot of discomfort,” they said.
“The medical staff have been fantastic and explained to us that Beth was waiting for an operation as there were more serious cases ahead of her.”