With the holiday season just around the corner, hundreds of people are flocking to the many Christmas pop-ups around the country for a frosty evening of festive food, mulled wine and funfair rides.
Unfortunately, pop-up fairs can also come with their risks. The awful incident at Alton Towers, which left a number of young people with serious injuries as a result of a carriage collision, highlights just how dangerous even static theme parks can be. Due to their nature, pop-up fairgrounds and attractions are often built, organised, managed and run by a range of different people and companies, so it is important to be extra vigilant when it comes to health and safety.
What funfair safety measures should I look out for?
To make sure you and your family stay safe and have a great time at your local Christmas pop-up, here are some things to keep in mind:
Be aware that height and weight restrictions may change from ride to ride. These are put in place because the machine has been designed to hold people of a certain size, and if someone is too big or too small, they may run the risk of falling out of the ride which can result in serious injuries. So, if you’re unsure as to whether you, or anyone in your party, is at risk on a certain ride, be sure to speak to the attendant in charge.
Keep an eye out for any safety warnings. Fences and restricted zones are there to keep you away from any unsafe areas or the dangers of fast moving machinery.
The owners of fairgrounds have a legal responsibility to ensure that their rides are maintained to a safe standard, as well as to carry out risk assessments to ensure that the ride is safe for both members of the public and their employees to work on. Take a look at the machines before you ride; do they look solid and well presented? A well-maintained machine is more likely to look in good condition from the outside too.
Ensure that the attendants are checking that all restraints are fastened, as well as keeping an eye on the machine while it is running.
Remind any children that you’re with that they the need to sit still when the ride is in motion. Standing up or turning around can be dangerous, and it’s important to remain in the seat and wear a seatbelt if the ride is fitted with them.
Fairground and funfair accident compensation claims
Unfortunately, however vigilant you might be, accidents can happen. If you have been injured in an accident at a funfair or fairground that wasn’t your fault, you may be entitled to compensation.
At Hampson Hughes Solicitors, our friendly team of expert lawyers will walk you through the process step by step to help ensure that you receive the maximum amount of compensation possible for the injury you, or your loved one, has suffered.
For free, confidential and no obligation advice about serious injury claims, call us today on 0151 236 1222 or visit our site for more information.
A motorist who knocked a cyclist off his bike and into a tree has been found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.
Cycle courier Damien Doughty was knocked off his bike on 10 February 2016 following an exchange with Justine Henshaw-Bryan over her using a mobile phone while driving.
The cyclist confronted 25 year old Henshaw-Bryan after he noticed she was using her phone at the wheel when she pulled out of a side road in front of him.
Henshaw-Bryan swore at Mr Doughty and he responded by kicking her wing mirror before cycling away. He told Wood Green Crown Court:
“Quite quickly, I realised the car was chasing me. It was getting very, very close.
“Realising how close the car was, really feeling like it was going to knock me off, I took a sharp left. I was going 20, maybe slightly more.
“I thought the car wouldn’t be able to get round that corner at the same rate to catch me.”
The court was then shown CCTV footage of Henshaw-Bryan’s vehicle swerving to the left, hitting Mr Doughty before driving off.
In court, Henshaw-Bryan claimed that her then boyfriend took control of the wheel, causing her to swerve into the cyclist. However both he and the court rejected this claim.
As a result of the collision, Mr Doughty was knocked off his bike and crashed into a tree. He sustained serious injuries including a punctured lung and broken hand, as well as a severe tear to his liver. He required intensive care and was unable to work for an extended period of time.
Guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving
A jury found Henshaw-Bryan guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and as a result, she could face up to five years in jail. She will be sentenced on Wednesday 10 May 2017.
A landfill company in Wales has been fined after an employee had to have both legs amputated following an accident at work.
Accident at work
In November 2015, a worker was walking across the Bryn Posteg Landfll site in Llanidloes, when he was struck by a large shovel loader. The worker suffered serious injuries to his legs, both of which had to be amputated at the mid-thigh. He was also required to spend a total of six months in hospital.
The Health and Safety Executive ~(HSE) launched an investigation into the incident which found the company did not have measures in place to protect workers from traffic and vehicles on site. The risk had previously been identified, however it was not acted on.
Sentencing and fines
Sundorne Products (Llanidloes) Limited, part of the Potter Group, in Henfaes lane, Welshpool, Powys pleaded guilty to breaching Section 2 and Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work (1974) Act. The company was were fined £180,000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,657.10.
Mhairi Duffy, HSE inspector, said after the hearing:
“It is extremely important to identify how to protect your workers but you must back this up with action. This worker and his family lives have been changed forever because Sundorne Products Ltd failed to take action and protect their workers from being run over by vehicles on the site.
“All businesses that have high volumes of vehicles on their site can learn from this case.”
Accident at work – expert advice
Compensation may be available if you have been injured in an accident at work that wasn’t your fault. More information can be found via our ‘Accidents at Work’ page.
To begin your accident at work claim, contact us today. Remember, we offer you a FREE no obligation-consultation. Call 0800 888 6 888 or email email@example.com.
A schoolgirl has suffered serious injuries following a 5m fall down a lift shaft at Liberton High School in Edinburgh.
In a prosecution brought by the Health and safety Executive (HSE), Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard that Morgan Seaton, then aged 15, and three other pupils had become trapped in a lift halfway between the first and second floors.
Miss Seaton called the school office from her mobile phone, and teachers arrived to discover that the lower third of the lift was visible from the 1st floor lift doors.
One boy was lowered down to safety, but Miss Seaton’s escape attempt was poorly executed, and resulted in a stumble down the open lift shaft.
What was the Result?
Miss Seaton sustained three fractured vertebrae, bruising across her lower back, and a sprained wrist – requiring several months of physiotherapy.
The fire service discovered that the power to the lift had not been isolated, meaning that the lift may have begun to move at any time.
HSE discovered that the council had failed to provide staff with the proper training in dealing with such instances, and that a risk assessment had not been carried out.
City of Edinburgh Council pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The council was fined £8,000.
HSE Inspector Hazel Dobb commented:
“The teachers were well intentioned in their attempts to help, but had they received suitable information and guidance on how to deal with trapped people in lifts they would have called for help and not put pupils at such risk of injury.”
Personal injury claims – expert advice
If you think you may have been affected by a trip, slip or fall that was not your fault, and you would like expert advice on this type of case, contact Hampson Hughes Solicitors today on 0800 888 6888 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter sports can be great fun. However, with such activities comes great risk – unfortunately things do go wrong, and when they do, catastrophic injuries are not uncommon. As the winter Olympics draws to a close, we are reminded that professionals too are not free from the risks and dangers of the sport.
Injuries may vary from simple soft tissue injuries to severe head trauma – therefore it is important to ensure that the correct medical advice is sought.
Injuries suffered whilst skiing often affect the knees. Whilst these injuries are not always catastrophic, they can require lengthy rehabilitation. In order to ensure that you receive the best care possible, professional advice from a solicitor should be sought.
The head, the neck, and the back are exposed areas during a skiing fall. Consequently, these areas are at greater risk of suffering a catastrophic injury. The use of a helmet cannot be advocated enough, but even this cannot always prevent injuries of a serious nature from occurring. Following a life changing catastrophic injury, the importance of ensuring that you get the correct advice and treatment cannot be overstated.
Hampson Hughes has a dedicated Catastrophic & Serious Injuries team. We have the expertise and the experience required to direct and supervise your medical treatment, and to progress and win your claim.
Skiing accident claims could be fraught with issues. In particular, knowing where and how to bring the claim differs in each case, depending on the circumstances. Seeking expert advice is therefore crucial in ensuring that careful consideration is given to each aspect of your recovery, and that the correct advice and guidance is provided throughout your rehabilitation.
If you or someone you know has been involved in an accident whilst skiing or snowboarding, contact Hampson Hughes for impartial advice on how to proceed. Call 0800 888 6888 or email email@example.com.