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Fairground death leads to court for amusement company

Michael O’Brien, 45, of Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, was killed during the setting up of a fun fair run by Stevens Amusements Ltd at Bassetts Park, West Villa Road, Wellingborough,

Northampton Crown Court heard that the Twister ride, which was being carried on an HGV driven by company director John Guest, was being manoeuvred into position when Mr O’Brien was run over.

He suffered crush injuries to the head and upper body and was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found that although there was a banksman guiding the HGV, he was on the passenger side of the vehicle. Mr O’Brien was found on the driver’s side of the vehicle. Inadequate arrangements were in place to segregate people from moving vehicles.

Stevens Amusements Ltd, of Station Road, London, was fined £47,475 and ordered to pay costs of £82,946.11 after being found guilty of breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Added: 09-12-2016
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