Police Investigating Fall From Attraction
Safety specialist at Irwin Mitchell have urged authorities to work quickly to provide answers over an incident which saw a child suffer serious injuries after falling from a theme park ride.
The 12-year-old boy from Halifax is being treated at Wigan Royal Infirmary after the incident, which saw him fall from the Excalibur 2 ride at the Camelot Theme Park in Chorley, a wheel-shaped attraction which spins around.
Police are now investigating how the incident came to occur and are being supported in their enquiries by the Health and Safety Executive.
Experts at Irwin Mitchell represent a number of people who have been injured in public places and recently acted for the family of a youngster who suffered facial injuries while on a ride at the M&D’s Theme Park in Motherwell in 2010.
David Urpeth, head of the specialist team at Irwin Mitchell which deals with public liability claims, said: “The summer holidays is a time when theme parks and similar attractions tend to see an increase in the number of visitors and their popularity means it is vital that visitor safety is an absolute priority.
“Our experience has shown that cases like this are often preventable, so it is vital that every effort is made to understand what happened in this case and ultimately whether it could have been avoided at all.
“Of particular interest will be whether the necessary safety procedures for the ride were followed in the run-up to the incident.
“It is vital that all theme parks assess their safety standards in light of this case, while reassurances must be offered that every step is being taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.”