A freak funfair accident at the T in the Park music festival has left 15 people injured resulting in an investigation to determine how the accident happened. The 200ft Star Flyer ride stopped suddenly which caused minor injuries in several individuals, one of which was transferred to hospital for treatment and released soon after. The remainder of the riders were treated on-site for their injuries. The ride has been shut down to investigate why it stopped so abruptly.
This is not the first time the Star Flyer ride has been involved in an incident causing distress to riders. In Edinburgh 2013, plastic moulding from an occupied two-person seat broke off and fell around 100ft, finally falling to the ground after hitting the roof of the ride. As there are a number of potential hazards associated with fairground rides, event organisers have a responsibility to put as many measures in place as possible to prevent incidents like this from happening. The potential for serious injury rises if the machines are not properly maintained and checked on a regular basis. The riders involved in the accident have the right to claim for compensation for their injuries as the event organisers may have failed in their duty of care to them.
Filing for compensation
This funfair accident resulted in minor injuries but several people were hurt and it is not currently known what happened to cause the accident. The sudden stop could have been due to improper maintenance of the machine which means that the event organisers failed in their duty of care and the effects could have been more devastating. Large scale events like T in the Park need thoroughly planning to ensure that health and safety procedures are put in place to reduce hazards, including the potential hazards involved in fairground rides. If there is evidence health and safety has been breached, then individuals involved in an accident could claim compensation.
How to make your accident or injury claim
Where there is evidence that someone else was at fault for your accident, you are entitled to make a claim for compensation. A compensation claims company like Accident Advice Helpline can represent you throughout the claims process. Contact us on our free 24-hour helpline – 0800 689 0500 – to speak with an expert about your case and to determine how successful your claim is likely to be. Just give us some details about the incident, any evidence you have obtained and the details of your injury and we can assess your case.
Source: Daily Record
Date Published: August 9, 2014
Author: David Brown