Ever since amusement parks became part of our popular culture Britons have held a fascination with them and the UK plays host to some of the most world-renowned and adrenaline-pumping amusement parks on the planet.
Although we go to amusement parks for fun and entertainment, the sole purpose of amusement parks is to assault our senses with an overload of fear and excitement. However, amusement parks have not been without their accidents. In this article we take a brief look at some of UK amusement park-related accidents.
Battersea Funfair 1972
On 30 May 1972, one of the trains on the Battersea Funfair’s Big Dipper became detached from the lift chain, causing the train to roll back to the station.
The anti-rollback mechanism also failed which caused the train to collide with another train, resulting in the tragic deaths of five children. The ride was permanently closed as a result and the resort itself closed at the end of the 1974 season.
Coney Beach Funfair, Porthcawl 1994
Coney Beach Funfair, or Coney Beach Pleasure Park, is situated in Porthcawl, Mid Glamorgan, and has been in operation since 1920.
In 1994, a young boy was fatally injured on the Water Chute ride when a steel hoop collapsed in the wet and windy weather and fell into the open-topped carriage in which the boy was travelling.
Chessington World of Adventures 2012
On 7 June 2012, a young girl suffered a serious fall from height at Chessington World of Adventures. It was found that a wooden fence had become water-damaged and rotten due to a leak in the ceiling. The wooden fence gave way, causing the young girl to trip and fall. She suffered broken ribs, a cracked and skull and bleeding on the brain as a result.
Claiming compensation for amusement park-related accidents
Thankfully, instances of serious amusement park-related injury are rare and safety standards are continuing to improve. However, accidents such as slips, trips and falls can still occur, leaving serious injuries and ruining more than a family day out.
If you’ve suffered an accident on an amusement park within the last three years and it wasn’t your fault, you could be entitled to claim compensation.
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today on 0800 689 0500 for more information. Our lines are staffed by highly trained advisors and you will be under no obligation to proceed with any claims for compensation following the call.
Date Published: January 2, 2016
Author: David Brown