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Owner fined for girl's fall from funfair ride in Birmingham

A fairground owner from Nottingham has been sentenced after a 12-year-old girl injured her leg when she was thrown from a faulty ride in Birmingham.

Birmingham Magistrates' Court heard the girl fell about three metres through a gap in a barrier gate on the Tagada fairground ride at Star City, Birmingham, while the ride was tilting.

During the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecution of ride owner Henry Evans, the court heard the girl suffered a seven centimetre cut along her shin bone.

The wound has still not fully healed more than two years after the incident, as she suffers from aches around the scar and it throbs in winter. She does not take part in any sports where she might bang her leg, and has a fear of fairground rides.

The Tagada is a round ride, driven by two rams, which tilts up to three metres in the air, and bounces its riders as it lifts and spins them.

HSE's investigation into the incident on 28 October 2009 found that a horizontal rail in the barrier gate had been missing for several months.

Henry Evans, of Stock Well, Bulwell, Nottingham, pleaded guilty to breaching Regulation 5(1) of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and was fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £2,000 costs.


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