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Co Armagh fairground operator fined £5k after worker crushed dismantling ride

Published 12/05/2015

Co Armagh fairground operator fined £5k after worker crushed dismantling ride
Co Armagh fairground operator fined £5k after worker crushed dismantling ride

A Co Armagh fairground operator has been fined £5000 after an employee was injured after he was crushed while dismantling a ride.

The case arose from an investigation by Northern Ireland's Health and Safety Executive into an incident at Castle Park, Abbey Street Bangor involving Co Armagh fairground operator Nigel Bell on April 24, 2014.

During the dismantling and removal of a fairground ride, a 27-year-old employee was trapped after a trailer that was being pulled by nylon strapping rolled out of control.

It came to rest when it hit a wall, crushing the worker who sustained a number of injuries to his body which still require medical treatment.

HSENI’s investigation revealed that the method Nigel Bell was using to move the trailer was unsafe and there was no mechanism to stop it rolling too far. On this occasion his employee was crushed between the trailer and a wall. 

Nigel Bell was fined £5,000 plus costs of £1,140 at Downpatrick Crown Court on Tuesday May 12 after pleading guilty to a breach of Article 4 of the Health and Safety at Work Order (NI) 1978.  

Speaking after the hearing, Kevin Campbell, an inspector with HSENI’s Major Investigation Team said: “This accident was easily preventable and underlines the need for trailers to be properly attached to lorry units and for trailers to have sufficient brakes to bring them to a halt.”

Information about maintaining machinery safely and workplace transport is available on the HSENI website at the following links:

 www.safemaintenance.hseni.gov.uk

www.hseni.gov.uk/workplace-transport

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