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    Health and Safety News

    Ride operator fined over boy’s fall

    By David Brown on May 16, 2014

    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.

    4ft plunge

    Bridgend Magistrates’ Court heard that the boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, had just got off the Red Baron plane ride at Coney Beach when he injured his face and head in the 4ft plunge.

    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

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    Date Published: May 16, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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