A visitor to Nottingham’s Goose Fair needed stitches for a head injury after being hit by a handrail which fell off a ride, a court has been told. Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard the woman has also suffered back and shoulder pain after the fairground ride accident.
The owner and operator of the Top Buzz 2 ride, Alex Crow Leisure Ltd, have been fined £20,000 and ordered to pay costs of £4,016 after admitting to breaching the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
Injured standing next to ride
Magistrates heard that the woman, who does not wish to be named, was injured as she stood next to the ride in October 2012. They were told that a Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation had revealed extensive corrosion on the brackets fixing the handrails to the ride’s walkway. That, the HSE said, resulted in the bracket failing, causing the handrail to fall more than 1.5 metres. The court heard that of the 30 other fixings on the rest of the handrail, 28 were also corroded, buckled or cracked.
Corrosion ‘should have been spotted’
The HSE said that the issues should have come to light during regular inspections of the ride by the firm, of the High Street in Northallerton, North Yorkshire. Following the court case, HSE inspector Edward Walker said that the accident had been entirely preventable.
He said it was clear that the corrosion had developed over a long period of time. It should have been identified during regular inspections and when the ride was being set up and taken down at the various sites it was used at. Mr Walker said that would have enabled the problem to be put right, which then would have helped spare the woman a painful injury.
Source: Nottingham Post
Date Published: December 18, 2014
Author: David Brown