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Fairground Operator Fined after Worker is Thrown from Ride

A teenage fairground worker suffered serious personal injury, after being thrown from a ride at a Bank Holiday fair.

Seventeen year old Martin Brown from Thirsk, in North Yorkshire, was working alongside the rides operator Elliot Crow, of Alan Crow Amusements, on a ride called the Crazy Frog.

Darlington Magistrates’ Court was told that the teenager had occupied one of the empty carriages in order to help balance the ride, however shortly after the attraction started he was thrown from his seat.

Mr. Brown suffered serious injuries in the accident, including a fractured skull and fractures to his eye socket, jaw and wrists.

An investigation into the incident by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) revealed that the teenager was not properly strapped in and had his feet on the seat when the ride started.

Elliot Samuel Crow, of Northallerton, in North Yorkshire, was fined £520 and ordered to pay the HSE’s costs of £500 after being found guilty of a breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Speaking after the court hearing a HSE inspector stated that operators of fairground rides had a public duty to ensure everyone on the ride was seated correctly, adding that had Mr. Crow supervised the ride properly the accident could have been avoided.

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