Updated: Tuesday, 7th July 2020 @ 8:18am

Bury fairground owner fined £18,000 after girl, 12, suffers horrific injuries falling from carnival ride

Bury fairground owner fined £18,000 after girl, 12, suffers horrific injuries falling from carnival ride

By Glen Keogh

A fairground owner from Bury was forced to pay out £30,000 last week after a young girl suffered horrific injuries in a fall from a carnival ride.

Gary Gore, 52, was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay £12,000 in prosecution costs for ignoring safety warnings which left the 12-year-old with a fractured pelvis, a lacerated bladder and a cracked bone in her spine.

As the High Roller ride swung through the air she slipped from the end seat to the platform below also causing a broken finger, bruising to her lungs and significant scarring.

After the incident at Lostock Hall Carnival, Preston, on July 2 2011, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation which found that Gore had knowingly ignored calls to ensure the end seat was empty until a new safety barrier was fitted.

Speaking after the hearing on February 15, HSE Inspector Mike Lisle said: “The 12-year-old girl may well be affected by her injuries for the rest of her life because Mr Gore did not act on the safety alert issued by HSE.

“He was given a copy of the warning in person by a HSE inspector nearly a year before the incident, but the young girl was still allowed to sit in the end seat of the ride.”

The court heard that Gore, of School Street, Bury, had ignored a nationwide safety alert issued by HSE following a similar incident on the same type of ride in Halifax in June 2010 when a disabled teenager fell from the end seat.

It banned fairground operators from allowing passengers to sit in the end seats of similar rides until safety bars had been fitted.

Gore received a copy through the Showmen’s Guild – the national association for fairground operators, and was also given one when an HSE inspector visited his fairground at Heaton Park in Manchester in July 2010.

However he still allowed the girl, from Penwortham, Lancashire, to sit in the end seat with no additional safety barrier.

Mr Lisle added: “Mr Gore had failed to fit new safety bars to the ride, despite having over a year in which he could have arranged for this to be done.

“As a result, passengers were likely to have been put at risk for several months.

“Safety alerts are issued for a reason and there’s no excuse for them not to be followed.

“This prosecution should act as a warning to business owners of the potential consequences of ignoring them.”

Gore pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of passengers on the ride.

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