Operator fined after girl suffers serious head injury
A fairground operator has been sentenced after an 11-year-old girl suffered a serious head wound when she was thrown from a ride at a park.
The Court heard the girl was in a car on a ride, called DJ Jump, at the fair at the Park when the lap bar failed. She was also unable to put on the secondary safety measure, a lap belt, that may have prevented her being thrown from the ride.
During the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution of fairground operator and owner of the DJ Jump ride, the court heard the girl was thrown from the moving car and suffered a five centimetre head wound that required ten stitches. She also sustained numerous cuts and bruises.
The HSE investigation into the incident found the lap belts in the ride cars were poorly maintained and most had been so badly damaged they were unusable.
The company pleaded guilty and was fined £10,000 in compensation for personal injury and ordered to pay £2,708 costs.
HSE inspector said:
"This was a preventable incident that resulted in a serious injury to a child who had been enjoying herself on a family day out.”
"Fairground operators must make sure not only that the main system to keep passengers safely in the ride is properly serviced, but also that back-up can be used for long enough to stop the ride safely if the main system fails.”