Fairground owner and inspector fined after women fall from ride
The owner and inspector of a fairground ride in the West Midlands have been fined after two women were thrown off it.
Wolverhampton Magistrates' Court heard that one woman suffered head, neck and back injuries after the incident, which occurred on May 6th 2006 at Moxley Park Fairground.
The second victim received severe spinal injuries in the fall from the Orbiter ride and spent months recovering at a specialist centre before being moved to an adapted house.
Thomas Jones, the owner of the ride, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined Ã‚Â£15,000 and ordered to pay costs of Ã‚Â£5,000.
In addition, Fairground Inspection Services, which had been in charge of conducting safety tests on the ride, was told to pay Ã‚Â£35,000 in compensation to the woman with spinal injuries.
The company had pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 after failing to spot a damaged weld holding the victims' car to the ride.
"These two young women suffered serious injuries but the results could have been much, much worse," said Health and Safety Executive inspector Gareth Langston.
"If the ride had been at full speed, we could have been looking at a fatal incident, with possible injuries to other passengers on the ride as well as onlookers."
Fairground owners are strongly advised to conduct regular checks on their rides and to use safety signs to ensure that people are aware of the risks involved in using them.
Posted by Ben Alexander
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