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Fairground operator fined after a toddler is injured

A fairground operator has been in court after a two year old was injured falling through a gap in a perimeter fence.

What happened?

The court heard that panels were missing from the safety fence around the ride so they could be painted. The toddler was walking away from the ride when he fell four feet through one of the gaps, and injured his head and face.

He was kept in hospital under observation for 24 hours, but sustained no long-term injuries.

What was the outcome?

The Welsh company pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £2,500 and ordered to pay £7,900 in costs after pleading guilty to breaching section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

HSE Inspector, Catherine Toozer, said after the hearing:

“Fairground rides are large complex machines which have the power to
seriously injure or even cause death if not managed properly.

“It is utterly vital that those in control make sure fencing is up to the
job of keeping children, and others who may not appreciate
the risks, away from them when running.

“The ride owner has a duty to ensure that all fencing provided is maintained
and kept in an efficient state of repair at all times.”

If you have been affected by an accident at work, and you would like expert advice, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email claims@hampsonhughes.com
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