A fairground operator has been charged by the Health and Safety Executive for breaches in health and safety after a girl fell off a ride in a serious fairground accident. Patrick McGeough was in charge of the twister ride at Hollowell Steam Rally when the girl fell off and hit a metal barrier. The girl suffered heavy bruising and there was evidence to suggest that the ride was travelling 50% faster than its normal speed. It was also suggested that the secondary locks were not in place when the ride was running. The girl spent 24 hours in hospital after the incident after hitting the barrier and then the floor when the ride was running. No plea was made and the owner has opted to have the case taken to Northampton Magistrates’ Court. The owner is charged with a breach of section 33 of the Health and Safety Act 2008. An accident like this can result if someone else has not taken precautions to ensure that fairground rides are safe for the public at all times.
Failure to ensure public safety
Any establishment which is open to the public must be assessed for risks by the person in charge of that establishment or entertainment facility. A fairground accident like this is rare but it can be caused by someone else’s negligence. The injuries sustained could have been much worse or a fatality could have occurred due to a failure to recognise that the ride was running at a faster speed than usual and a failure to secure or maintain the machine. If you have been injured in an accident that was the fault of someone else, you may be able to win a cash payout for your suffering.
Contacting Accident Advice Helpline
Accident Advice Helpline can represent you if you have been in an accident or sustained an injury that was someone else’s fault. Call us on our free 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to start making your claim or try out our 30-second test to get an idea of how successful your claim could be. Our no win, no fee policy guarantees that you pay nothing upfront to make your claim. Any compensation won could help you with any loss in wages and any unnecessary suffering caused by an accident that occurred due to someone else’s negligence.
Date Published: August 27, 2014
Author: David Brown