Girl Injured In Northampton Fairground Ride Incident

HSE And Police Investigate Following Fall From Attraction

09.11.2012

An investigation has been launched after a nine-year-old girl was thrown from a fairground ride and struck a safety barrier at the Hollowell Steam Rally and Heavy Horse Show in Northamptonshire on Saturday (November 3rd).

Reports have revealed that Yasmin Vickery was taken to Northampton General Hospital with internal bruising following the incident, which happened when she was on the ride with her family. She was released from hospital on the following day.

The Health and Safety Executive and Northamptonshire Police are now working together to examine the circumstances of the accident in a public place.

Irwin Mitchell’s specialist public liability claims lawyers have represented people and the families of youngsters injured in incidents involving fairground rides, helping them to gain answers and justice over the problems they have suffered.

Andre Grayson, a legal expert with expertise in the area, said: “The physical and psychological trauma that an incident of this kind can have on youngsters cannot be underestimated, as we have seen cases when people have suffered long-term as a result of what they have been through.

“It is hugely important that the HSE and police thoroughly investigate the incident to ensure that steps can be taken which will prevent the problems from being repeated in relation to this ride and others in use across the UK.

“People who use such attractions rightly expect they will not face any potential risks, so it is vital that this terrible incident is a reminder to fairground operators of the importance of checking all aspects of safety.”