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Monday, 12 January 2015

Chessington World of Adventures fined after 'horrifying' incident



A theme park's been fined £150,000 after a 4 year old girl suffered severe head injuries while queuing for a ride.

She fell nearly 13 feet from a raised walkway leading to the Tomb Blaster attraction at Chessington World of Adventures in 2012.

An investigation found she got through a gap in a wooden fence.

The Health and Safety Executive's described the incident as 'horrifying'.

Chessington World of Adventures has issued this statement:

"Chessington World of Adventures regards the health and safety of its guests and employees as its number one priority.

"The resort has an excellent safety record with no previous convictions or enforcement notices against it, and every year invests significant resources in maintenance and safety measures.

"What happened to the young child was an isolated incident which we deeply regret, and from the outset we have put in place a package of support for the child and the family which will continue for as long as is required.

"We also co-operated fully with the HSE investigation. This showed both a rigorous inspection and maintenance regime, and evidence not only of very swift action by staff, but also that the paling was dislodged by the application of exceptional force upon it shortly before the accident.

"Nevertheless, following the incident in 2012, we worked with the HSE to act on all their comments, including putting some additional measures in place such as the installation of a new metal safety fencing along the queue line."

In a statement, the parents of the girl, who can't be named, said:


"The past few years have been very tough for all the family but she has got stronger and stronger which has kept us going.

"We wanted to know exactly how this incident was able to happen and how she could fall so far while queuing for a children's ride.

"One minute we were enjoying a fun day out and the next she is fighting for her life.

"We are grateful that the HSE carried out a thorough investigation and we are relieved that the criminal trial is now over and the park's owners have accepted responsibility for the accident.

"This should never have happened and we hope that both Chessington World of Adventures and other public attractions learn from this to improve safety in future."
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 12:43 pm  

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