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Lightwater Valley sentenced after girl’s rollercoaster injury

Lucy Hibbert of Dunedin, New Zealand, was on holiday with her family when the incident took place on a visit to the theme park in North Yorkshire.

York Crown Court heard that while on the Ladybird ride, Lucy’s right leg and foot came out the carriage and became trapped between the platform edge and the carriage as the ride returned to its starting point.

The carriage advanced the full length of the platform while Lucy’s leg remained trapped. She suffered severe injuries to her foot and leg which included ligament, cartilage and nerve damage.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found Mr David Geary was contracted by Lightwater Valley to carry out an assessment on the Ladybird rollercoaster and failed to adequately identify the risk of entrapment between the carriage and the platform.

Lightwater Valley Attractions Ltd of Merseyside, Liverpool, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, was fined £40,000 and ordered to pay costs of £17,000.

David Geary of Taffs Well, Cardiff was found guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. He was fined £7,500 and ordered to pay costs of £2,500.

Added: 02-06-2017

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