BRITAIN Lap Belt on Fairground Ride Causes Child Injury

A Great Britain fairground operator has been sentenced after an 11-year-old girl suffered a serious head wound when she was thrown from a ride at a Birmingham park.
Birmingham Magistrates Court heard the girl was in a car on a ride, called DJ Jump, at the fair at Pype Hayes Park when the lap bar failed. She was also unable to put on the secondary safety measure, a lap belt that may have prevented her being thrown from the ride. (WCxKit)
During the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution of fairground operator and owner of the DJ Jump ride, Robert Wilkinson, the court heard the girl was thrown from the moving car and suffered a five centimeter head wound that required 10 stitches. She also sustained numerous cuts and bruises.
The HSE investigation into the incident on April 19, 2009 found the lap belts in the ride cars were poorly maintained and most had been so badly damaged they were unusable. (WCxKit)
Wilkinson, of Lime Lane, Pelsall, Walsall, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined $16,166 and ordered to pay $ 4,377.48 in costs.

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