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Fair ride collapse lands owner in court

Friday, May 23, 2014

The owner and operator of a poorly-maintained fairground ride has been fined after it collapsed sending two teenage boys hurtling from the car.
Sixteen-year-olds Conor Baker and Danny Keogh were seriously injured when riding the Mega Bounce Frog at Abbey Park in Leicester on 28 July 2012.
Friends and scores of local visitors were horrified as the car tipped up throwing Danny out and bringing Conor’s head and body in line with the protective barrier around the ride, which hit and injured him as the ride continued to turn.
A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that a clip and pin securing the car to its operating arm had fallen out and identified the ride, owned by William Norman Roberts, of Bag Lane, Atherton, Manchester, had been badly-maintained.
Danny Keogh was treated in intensive care following extensive surgery for a collapsed lung, broken arm and deep wounds to his side. A total of 88 staples were used during surgery and he needed stitches in his tongue and chin. He also damaged a number of teeth.
Conor Baker was treated for a broken nose, broken teeth, lacerations to his face and a significant blow to the head.
Leicester Magistrates’ Court today (23 May) heard the ride had 14 cars, each attached to a radial arm at two locations by retaining pins secured in position by a clip pushed into a drilled hole at the end of the pin.
A fairground attendant operating the ride on behalf of Mr Roberts that day had checked the presence of the clips at 10.30am and 1pm but did not consider their condition or performance.
Following the incident one of the retaining pins and clips for the car the boys were in was found on the deck of the ride. HSE discovered the clip was damaged and had little grip on the pin, which had been tapered. The clip itself was pushed into a whole that had been drilled off centre meaning it did not grip the side of the pin.
HSE’s investigation found a second tapered pin on the ride which also had an off-centre hole, as well as two defective seatbelts. A prohibition notice was served preventing further use of the ride until it was made safe.
William Norman Roberts, 36, admitted breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000.
Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Neil Ward said:
“The unsafe condition of the ride resulted in very serious injuries to two young men who had gone out to celebrate finishing their GCSE exams. The outcome could have been much worse. It was a horrifying and painful experience for Conor and Danny and extremely distressing for their families, friends and members of the public who witnessed the incident.
“The public rightly expects rides to be safe. The safety-critical defects identified on this machine were very troubling. The inconsistencies in the pin ends were obvious and the pins and clips were safety-critical components that should have been thoroughly checked on a daily basis.”

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Worker in court after asbestos exposure

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A supervisor in charge of removing asbestos from a Canterbury school boiler house has been prosecuted after he recklessly exposed himself to the potentially-dangerous material.

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Blackburn landlord in court over gas safety

Friday, May 16, 2014

A Blackburn landlord has been fined after she ignored repeated warnings about arranging an annual gas safety check at a property with five gas appliances.

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Cotswold Airfield Operator prosecuted following fire-fighter’s death

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Kemble Air Services Ltd, the operator of Cotswold Airfield, has been fined for safety failings after an experienced fire-fighter was killed while moving a pressurised gas cylinder.

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Fairground operator in court after toddler falls through gap in fence

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A fairground ride operator has been fined after a two-year-old boy fell through a gap in a perimeter fence.

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Manchester care home in court over vulnerable resident’s injuries

Friday, May 2, 2014

A Manchester care home has been fined for safety failings after a vulnerable resident was badly injured when he fell from a first floor window.

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Council sentenced after lives of workers and the public put at risk

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fife Council has been fined for serious safety failings after workers struck and ruptured an underground gas pipe releasing almost four tonnes of gas.

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Care provider prosecuted after death of patient during restraint

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Care provider Castlebeck Care (Teesdale) Ltd has been fined £100,000 after a patient died while being restrained using an unauthorised technique at a Nottinghamshire mental health hospital.

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Tackling occupational disease

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

HSE has launched new occupational disease web pages and an online community site. Occupational disease is a big problem and organisations are already taking steps to reduce the burden. We want you to get involved – join our online community, set up to encourage the exchange of ideas and initiatives for tackling occupational disease.

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European campaign – Healthy workplaces manage stress

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

During 2014-2015, HSE is helping to promote EU-OSHA’s Healthy Workplaces Campaign – Healthy workplaces manage stress – by providing campaign specific information, including news, events and resources.

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HSE publishes local government sensible risk web pages

Friday, April 11, 2014

HSE has published new web resources on sensible risk management for local government. These web pages build on HSE’s approach to dealing with health and safety myths through the Myth Busters Challenge Panel.

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Council in court after death of pensioner

Friday, April 11, 2014

Glasgow City Council has been fined £20,000 following the death of a pensioner after he was struck by a reversing refuse vehicle in the city centre.

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Bolton charity in court after child loses finger in school door

Friday, April 11, 2014

A Bolton charity has been prosecuted for safety failings after a nine-year-old boy with autism lost a finger when his left hand became trapped in a school door.

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Salford Council prosecuted after child loses fingertips in school gate

Friday, April 4, 2014

Salford City Council has been fined £20,000 after a six-year-old boy with autism and learning difficulties lost the tips of three fingers when his hand was trapped in a school gate.

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HSE responds to Birmingham Post article: ‘Shambles as library staff unable to reach books’

Friday, April 4, 2014

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Cornwall Council and building company fined for worker’s injuries

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cornwall Council and the father and son partners of a local building company have been fined for breaking safety law after the son was seriously injured in a fall through a fragile roof.

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UK’s biggest care home provider fined over fish & chip death

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The UK’s biggest care home provider has been ordered to pay £170,000 in fines and costs after a vulnerable resident choked to death on fish and chips during an entertainment evening at its Chorley premises.

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Powys County Council fined for safety failings

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Powys County Council has been prosecuted after an employee was seriously injured at its public services’ depot in Ystradgynlais.

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Statement on joint Police/HSE investigation into Brecon Beacon deaths

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Statement on investigation into deaths of three soldiers following a Ministry of Defence selection test exercise in the Brecon Beacons in July 2013.

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Council in court after schoolgirl seriously injured in lift shaft fall

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

City of Edinburgh Council has been fined after a schoolgirl was seriously injured when she fell more than five metres as teachers attempted to free her from a broken down lift.

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