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Fairground ride operator fined after worker injured

A fairground ride operator has been fined after a worker was thrown from a ride during the 2010 May Bank Holiday fair in Barnard Castle.

On 31 May 2010, Martin Brown, 17, from Thirsk, North Yorkshire was working for Elliot Crow, of ride owners Alan Crow Amusements, as a ride attendant on the Crazy Frog Ride.

Darlington Magistrates' Court heard the ride was one of several set up at the Morrisons store car park in Galgate, Barnard Castle for the May Bank Holiday Fair.

Mr. Brown occupied one of the cars in order to balance the ride. However, shortly after the ride started he was thrown from the ride and suffered serious injuries including a fractured skull, wrists, jaw and eye socket.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Mr. Crow failed to check Mr. Brown was seated in the ride properly or was adequately restrained, leading to his colleague being thrown from the car once the ride had started.

Elliot Samuel Crow, 20, of Fairfield, High Street, Northallerton was found guilty of breaching Section 7(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and was fined £520. He was also ordered to pay £500 costs and a £15 Victim Surcharge.


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