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Fairground attendant prosecuted for safety failings

A fairground attendant has been in court after a teenage girl plunged head-first onto concrete when a restraint bar opened on the ride she was on at a York carnival.

The 13-year-old girl escaped serious injury despite falling around four metres from the 'Cliffhanger Miami Trip' ride as her friends watched helplessly.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE), prosecuting, told Selby Magistrates' Court that attendant Terry Reynolds, 28, of Dewsbury, failed to make sure the safety bar on the young girl's seat was locked in the closed position, despite being told the same bar had opened two rides earlier.

Terry Reynolds of Showman's Ground, Wakefield Road, Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to a breach of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act by failing to take reasonable care of those affected by his work activities.  He was given a three-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £750 compensation to the injured girl.


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