Chessington World of Adventures fined £150,000

Chessington World of Adventures has been fined a six-figure sum after a child suffered an injury there.

The four-year-old girl fractured her skull in a fall after queuing for a ride at the attraction in Surrey.

She fell almost 4m from an elevated walkway while waiting to go on the park’s Tomb Blaster on June 7, 2012.

On Monday (January 12th) Guildford Crown Court fined Chessington World of Adventures Operations £150,000 for providing inadequate steps to prevent falling risk.

The girl today requires substantial rehabilitation and expert support after also suffering broken ribs and bleeding to the brain.

Rotting paling

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it prosecuted Chessington World of Adventures Operations after finding the girl had fallen through a gap in a wooden fence.

A hearing last week heard the HSE identified that a rotting paling in the fence had fallen out on the morning of the girl’s fall.

The HSE said the fence palings were positioned where they were hit by rainwater from the roof, exacerbating their lack of weather resistance.

And there was evidence that numerous palings had been refixed over the years, indicating that there was a recurrent problem, investigators added.

Chessington World of Adventures Operations Ltd, of Market Close, Poole, Dorset, was also ordered to pay £21,614 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Speaking after the case, Karen Morris, an HSE inspector, called the theme park accident horrifying and disastrous, adding that Chessington had insufficient measures in place to prevent or control the risk of falling.

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Source: HSE

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