A fairground ride operator has been fined after two teenage boys were seriously injured when a ride collapsed.
William Roberts, 36, who was also the owner of the ride in question, admitted safety failings at Leicester Magistrates’ Court.
Conor Baker and Danny Keogh were injured when riding the Mega Bounce Frog at Abbey Park in Leicester on 28 July 2012. Both were 16 at the time.
Defects found on ride
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that a clip and pin securing the car to its operating arm had fallen out. It also identified that the ride, which consisted of 14 cars, had been poorly maintained.
A fairground attendant operating the ride on behalf of Mr Roberts on the day of the incident had checked the presence of the clips at 10.30am and 1pm but did not consider their condition or performance.
The court heard how the car tipped up, throwing Danny out and bringing Conor into contact with the protective barrier around the ride as it continued to spin.
The former was treated in intensive care following extensive surgery for a collapsed lung, broken arm and deep wounds to his side, while the latter was treated for a broken nose, broken teeth, lacerations to his face and a significant blow to the head.
Claiming for accidents at fairgrounds
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In this case, William Roberts, of Bag Lane, Atherton, Manchester, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. He was fined a total of £6,500 and ordered to pay a further £5,000 to cover prosecution costs.
Date Published: May 28, 2014
Author: David Brown