An anonymous 13-year old girl, who sustained bruising and abrasions after slipping beneath a faulty fairground safety restraint bar, is to receive 750.00 pounds in personal injury compensation from the operator of the ride.
The girl had been at the Copmanthorpe Carnival in York, where she went on a ride known as the “Cliffhanger Miami Trip, where riders sit in a row and are taken up, down and round at speed. Soon after the ride began, her restraint bar slipped open and the girl slipped underneath it – falling four metres onto a concrete surface and narrowly missing moving steelwork.
The girl was brought to nearby Selby Hospital suffering from bruising and abrasions and released after treatment. Following a Health and Safety Executive investigation into the incident, Terry Reynolds, 28, of Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was found guilty of negligently operating the ride and in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 by failing to take reasonable care of those affected by his work activities.
Selby Magistrates’ Court gave Reynolds a three-year conditional discharge and told him to pay £750 compensation to the injured girl.