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Firm fined after circus tent collapse

Southampton Magistrates’ Court heard that a sudden gust of wind went through the circus tent and eighteen of the guy ropes which secured the tent failed and snapped.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into the incident found that Happy Promotions Limited had taken their tent for inspection and repair to Jose’s Marquees.

Josie Routledge, of Jose’s Marquees, was asked by Happy Promotions to replace the guy ropes.

However, the court heard the guy ropes supplied were in fact made up of unrated webbing and had no safe working load. This led to the incident at Burley Park 8 months later.

Josie Routledge, of Tyn-y-cym, Bwlch-y-Ffridd, Newtown, Powys, was found guilty of breaching Section 6(1)(a) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, and was fined £528…

Added: 03-03-2016

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