Dangers of fairground rides

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The Health and Safety Executive have issued warnings to fairground operators after a 16 year old girl fell from a fairground ride and died.

Hayley Williams fell 100ft from the Hydro Ride in April 2004. The company responsible for the ride have been fined £250,000 and ordered to pay £80,000 in costs after pleading guilty to a charge under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Evidence showed there were systematic failures by the company to ensure all members of staff were sufficiently trained and supervised whilst operating rides.

The inquest into the death of Hayley Williams stated that she was ejected from the Hydro ride due to improper restraints and died as a result of the injuries she sustained.

All fairground operators have a duty to protect members of the public whilst on fairground rides and to ensure that everyone is correctly restrained. No death or serious injury at a fairground or theme park is acceptable and proper control of hazards is essential.


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