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Girl thrown from funfair ride is awarded compensation

A schoolgirl who narrowly avoided suffering serious personal injury after falling from a fairground ride at an annual carnival in York has been awarded £750 in personal injury compensation.

The young girl had been riding on an attraction known as the ‘Cliffhanger Miami Trip' when there was a malfunction with the restraining bar. The fault caused the girl to slip from her seat whilst on the ride and fall four feet onto the concrete floor below her.

The teenager fortunately avoided any serious fall from height injury but was taken to hospital where she was treated for multiple cuts and bruises.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation into the incident revealed that the fairground attendant was aware of the faulty safety bar after a previous passenger narrowly escaped the same fate but managed to hold the bar in place with help from fellow riders.

The operator of the fairground ride admitted a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act and was ordered to pay £750 in personal injury compensation to the teenager after appearing at Selby Magistrates' Court. He also received a three year conditional discharge as a result of the incident.


 

 
 
 
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