Three year old child hurt in fairground ride

A three year old child has suffered a serious injury to his hand when he was at a children’s fairground as his hand was caught between the wheels and the tracks of the train ride.

The magistrates court has heard that the three year old had been visiting the fairground with his grandmother and cousins.

He had been on the bouncy castle and was sitting on the steps of the train ride to put on his shoes. While his grandmother was tying his laces he leant back and stretched his arms behind him. The train started up and ran over his fingers. The child’s fingers required surgery and stitches but he made a good recovery.

In September 2015 the owner of the ride was fined a total of £1,000 and ordered to pay £600 in costs after pleading guilty to an offence under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

HSE Inspector said:

“This was an entirely preventable accident. The risk of trapping was obvious and should have been identified by the ride operator in his risk assessment. The provision of a fence around the ride was a simple precaution that would have prevented the accident.”

Source: HSE