Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court has fined a fairground operator from Hook, Hampshire £865 and ordered to pay costs of £1,808 after pleading guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.
An investigation held by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) outlined how a safety lap bar became loose during a fairground ride causing the ride passengers to fall approximately two metres to the ground. The two passengers suffered cuts and bruises.
The HSE told the court that the bar had not been properly maintained or adjusted properly.
After the case was heard, HSE Inspector Karen Morris said “This should be a warning to other ride operators that it is simply not acceptable for people to be ejected from rides. Rides must be adequately maintained and properly adjusted to ensure that riders are not put at risk. Fairgrounds should have an illusion of danger but an underlying assurance of safety.”