A fairground accident in which two people were ejected from a ride should serve as a warning to ride operators everywhere, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has said.
Two members of the public suffered cuts and bruises when they fell from a ride at Andover Carnival on July 20, 2014.
The ride operator, John Searle, has been fined for safety failings following an investigation into the incident.
‘Not fully effective’
The passenger restraint mechanism of the Music Trip (Miami trip) ride was not fully effective, Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard.
The HSE discovered the lap bar had not been properly adjusted, which meant that it was possible to operate the ride with the lap bar partially open.
There was evidence of poor maintenance as the lap bar padding was worn and loose. One of the seat pommels was also missing.
The ride had been running a short time when the lap bar became loose and rose upwards, causing the two people to slip under it and fall around two metres.
John Searle admitted breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974. He was fined £865 and ordered to pay costs of £1,808.
Common fairground accidents
Five of the most common potential fairground accidents are:
- Slips, trips and falls
- Electrical failure
- Dodgem accident
- Employee negligence
In the case of employee negligence, most fairground operators ensure that their employees are trained in health and safety in the fairground. But, like in this case, employee negligence can still happen, sometimes causing serious injury such as blows to the head or neck.
Source: Health and Safety Executive
Date Published: March 31, 2016
Author: Jonathan Brown