North Tyneside Magistrates’ Court has fined a fairground operator £1,000, and ordered to pay £600 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told the court that a three year old child had visited an event called the ‘Shiremoor Treat’ with his family. After playing on a bouncy castle, the child’s grandmother was helping put the child’s shoes on. The three year old boy, who was sitting on the steps of a train ride, leant back and the wheels of the train ran over his hand.
Surgery and stitches were required.
After the case was heard, Shuna Rank from the HSE said:
“This was an entirely preventable accident. The risk of trapping was obvious and should have been identified by the ride operator in his risk assessment. The provision of a fence around the ride was a simple precaution that would have prevented the accident.”
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