The owner of a fairground ride has been fined and could potentially face an injury compensation bill after eight people were hurt during Suffolk’s annual Big Night Out.
Several cars on ground-level spinning ride Hellraiser came loose and crashed into one another in November 2007, leaving a 24-year-old woman with broken ribs and spinal injuries and several other people hurt.
An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) found that the crash had been caused by poor maintenance which should have been flagged up by the independent fairground inspector.
Owner of the ride Wayne Shufflebottom has now been fined GBP 2,000 for failing to keep it in good working order.
"This incident could have proved fatal," commented HSE inspector Martin Kneebone.
"High standards of maintenance and inspection are absolutely essential to ensure the safe operation of any ride."
Malton-based theme park Flamingo Land was recently prosecuted after a toddler fell eight feet through a gap on a simulator ride.