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    Health and Safety News

    Alton Towers owners to be prosecuted

    By Jonathan Brown on March 15, 2016

    Alton Towers owners to be prosecuted

    The owners of Alton Towers are to be prosecuted following a roller coaster accident which left five people seriously injured.

    Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, of Poole, Dorset, is responsible for ensuring the health and safety of visitors to the theme park in Staffordshire.

    But two female passengers on the ‘Smiler’ ride suffered leg amputations in the devastating incident on June 2, 2015. Three others sustained life-changing injuries.

    Sufficient evidence

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) says there is sufficient evidence to bring a prosecution against Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd.

    Neil Craig, head of operations for HSE in the Midlands, claims a prosecution is also in the public interest.

    Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd will consequently appear at North Staffordshire Justice Centre in Newcastle-under-Lyme on April 22 to face a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

    It follows a thorough investigation into the crash, which happened when a carriage collided with a stationary carriage on the same track.

    Source: Health and Safety Executive

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    Date Published: March 15, 2016

    Author: Jonathan Brown

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