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Fairground worker had skull fractured
8:09am Saturday 28th April 2012 in News
A FAIRGROUND ride operator has been fined after a worker from North Yorkshire was seriously injured at a Bank Holiday fair.
Martin Brown, 17, from Thirsk, was working for Elliot Crow, of Alan Crow Amusements, as a ride attendant on the Crazy Frog Ride at the Morrisons car park in Barnard Castle in May 2010 when he was thrown from it and suffered a fractured skull, wrists, jaw and eye socket.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive found Mr Crow failed to check Mr Brown was seated properly in the ride or was adequately restrained. Inspector Andrew Mulligan said: “Fairground rides are designed to be safe and fun, but operators have a duty to ensure all passengers are seated correctly and using any restraints provided.
“Unfortunately for Mr Brown, this was not the case.
“It should have been clear to the defendant that Mr Brown was not properly seated or secured.”
Mr Mulligan said Mr Brown had suffered “great physical and emotional harm”.
Crow, 20, of Fairfield Street, Northallerton, was found guilty of breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act and fined £520, as well as being ordered to pay £500 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.