HSE issues theme park operator £65,000 fine for safety breach

A theme park operator has been fined £65,000 after nine passengers were injured and taken to hospital when a train on one of its rollercoasters derailed and crashed.
The incident, which took place at M & D’s Theme Park in Motherwell June 2016 involved a rollercoaster which crashed from a height of five metres into an area occupied by taxis and bikes.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found the rollercoaster was not maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order nor was it in good repair, and that in particular, weld repairs carried out on the axels were inadequate and unsound.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE inspector Martin McMahon said: “This was a serious incident that resulted in members of the public being badly injured while they were supposed to be enjoying themselves. Our investigation found the company failed to ensure the Tsunami roller coaster was properly maintained and the result of these poor maintenance procedures led directly to its catastrophic failure on 26 June 2016.”

The fine was issued under the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

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