A two-year-old boy was lucky to escape serious injury after falling through the perimeter fence of a fairground ride.
The Health and Safety Executive brought forward a prosecution against C Patrick Evans Entertainments Ltd, of Coney Beach in Porthcawl, Bridgend after the incident on March 25, 2012.
The operator has subsequently been handed a fine.
HSE officials investigating the incident ascertained that a number of panels had been removed from the ride’s perimeter fence to be painted, leaving gaps.
The boy did not suffer long-term injuries in the accident but was kept in hospital overnight for observation.
The operator pleaded guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. It was handed a fine of £2,500 and was also ordered to pay costs of £7,900.
Accident compensation claim
HSE inspector Catherine Toozer warned that fairground rides can seriously injure or even cause death due to the power contained in the complex machinery.
She added that it is “utterly vital” that all safety fencing is sufficient enough to protect children when they are getting on or off fairground rides, with the owner having a duty to make sure that this is the case.
People thinking of making personal injury claims can always rely on Accident Advice Helpline to handle their case with professionalism and compassion.
Source: South Wales Evening Post
Date Published: May 16, 2014
Author: David Brown