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Man sentenced to community service after horse and carriage incident

14th January 2014 | Health and Safety Signs

An accident at the Nowton Park Country Fair has led to a man being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after his lack of safety led to serious injuries.

Duncan Drye, of Bury St Edmunds, owned and operated a horse and carriage ride. After a day of providing rides Mr Drye took his horse’s bridle off. However, something shocked the horse and it bolted, running straight through a crowd while still attached to the carriage.

The HSE found that Mr Drye had not put appropriate safety measures into place to prevent an accident. His staff were not adequately trained, and he had not established a safe system of work.

Mr Drye pleaded guilty to a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was sentenced to community service.

HSE inspector Malcolm Crowther said: “Horse and carriage rides can be run safely provided the proper control measures are in place. It is vital that operators are adequately trained and assessed before they are allowed to operate a ride in public.”ADNFCR-2754-ID-801681856-ADNFCR


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