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Under-qualified NDT technician fined after rollercoaster derails

A self-employed Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) technician has been fined after a train from a fairground ride he carried out NDT testing on subsequently derailed from the track and crashed to the ground.

Hamilton Sheriff Court heard that William Testo, an NDT technician tested the assembled Tsunami rollercoaster at M & D (Leisure) Limited, Strathclyde Country Park. He then issued an NDT Report.  Two months later a train on the rollercoaster, with nine passengers, derailed and crashed to the ground causing a number of serious injuries to those on board.

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that Mr Testo did not possess the appropriate level of qualification in ultrasonic testing (a method of NDT testing) to allow him to competently check for fatigue cracking on the ride. Further the NDT report he issued failed to properly record parts tested and results obtained.

William Testo of Downiebrae Road, Rutherglen pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(2) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and was fined £1,000.