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Fair ride owner fined after woman hit by falling handrail

December 16, 2014

A fair ride owner has been prosecuted after a woman was hit on the head by a falling handrail.

The member of public, who does not want to be identified, required stitches to a head wound and suffered pain in her back and shoulders as a result of the incident at Goose Fair in Nottingham on 6 October 2012.

The handrail fell from the Top Buzz 2 ride as she stood alongside it. An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the brackets fitting the handrails to the ride walkway were extensively corroded, which caused the bracket to fail and the rail to fall from a height of between one and a half and two and a half metres.

Twenty-eight of the remaining 30 fixings for the rest of the handrail were corroded, cracked or buckled.

Nottingham Magistrates’ Court was told that ride operator Alex Crow Leisure Ltd should have identified the issue during regular inspections of the ride.

Alex Crow Leisure Ltd of High Street, Northallerton, Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5 (1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998. The company was fined £20,000 with £4,016 costs.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Edward Walker said:

“The incident was entirely preventable. The corrosion had clearly developed over an extended period of time and Alex Crow Leisure should have spotted this during regular inspections of the ride, particularly when setting it up or taking it down at different locations.

“This would have enabled remedial action to be taken and a member of the public could have been spared a painful injury.”

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