£8k fine for Pleasure Beach Amusements Skegness Ltd over ride collapse
THE fairground operator behind a ride which left 22 people trapped when it collapsed had been fined £8,000.
Pleasure Beach Amusements Skeg Ltd admitted a breach of section three of the Health an Safety at Work Act in ensuring that the Surf Rider Ali Baba ride was safe and without risk to health at all times.
The company entered a guilty plea to the offence from August 31,2011 at Skegness Magistrates Court today.
The incident happened as a result of an assumption that a recently changed gear box had oil in it when it had none.
Get hi lites or low lites and a cut & blowdry with Hannah or Daniel between 10th and 14th December for only £40.00 please contact the salon for more details, just let us know its with this voucher.
Terms: terms and conditions apply and limited spaces
Contact: 01522 305178
Valid until: Saturday, December 14 2013
This resulted in the gear box seizing, causing the carriage of the ride to collide with the axis.
All the passengers on the ride had to be rescued by emergency services - seven of which were taken to hospital with three of those being kept in overnight.
The court heard that the maximum fine for such an offence was £20,000 and the health and safety executive had asked for court costs of more than £60,000.
But after taking the companies early guilty plea into consideration, its exemplary health and safety record, and its struggling financial situation, magistrates imposed a fine of £8,000, court costs of an additional £8,000 and a £15 victim surcharge.
A statement from the family run Skegness business said they deeply regret the incident.
"This was the first incident we have had in over 45 years in operation and since the incident, steps have been taken to further refine the servicing and maintenance regime which was already in place for our rides, to reduce the risk of such an incident happening again.
"We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to those customers who were on the ride an their families for what must have been a very frightening incident.
"We hope that they can now put the incident behind them and continue to enjoy all of our facilities which out fairground has to offer. "