A Rutland-based funfair ride construction firm, its director and two ride assessors have been sentenced after fairground ride injuries threatened the life of a teenage student.
The boy, who was 15 and attending Knebworth Park’s Sonisphere festival of music when the accident happened on August 1, 2009, suffered multiple injuries after being flung off the extreme ride.
He suddenly came free of the Orbitor Extreme’s car harness and was propelled through steel fence panels.
A subsequent Health and Safety (HSE) investigation uncovered many severe defects, which were left undetected at all stages of the ride’s evolution, resulting in a totally unsafe ride.
These included an inadequate appraisal of its restraint system.
Student suffered bad shoulder injury
The boy suffered a broken shoulder, broken ribs, a torn aorta and a shattered ankle.
Cambridge Crown Court sentenced ride manufacturer Perrin Stevens Ltd, Perrin Steven, sole company director, plus Frederick Meakin and Martyn Lacey, the ride inspectors, on July 4.
The court ordered Perrin Stevens Ltd, of Fitzherbert Road, Portsmouth, to pay a £2,000 fine and £3,000 costs after it pleaded guilty to breaking Section 6 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Director Perrin Stevens, of Kimbers Lane Farm, Oakley Green Road, Windsor, received a £3,000 fine and was told to pay an identical amount in costs, having pleaded guilty to the same offence.
Lacey, of Main Road, Gedling, Nottingham, received a £8,000 fine and was told to pay £10,000 costs. He pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
Meakin, of Five Counties Caravan Park, Stretton Road, Greetham, Rutland, received an identical punishment after pleading guilty to the same violation.
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Source: BBC News