Theme parks and fairgrounds have been warned that failing to observe safety can lead to injury compensation claims and fines, after Malton-based Flamingo Land was prosecuted over an accident that occurred last year.
In March 2008 a toddler, who was aged two at the time, fell through a hole onto a concrete floor as he boarded a newly-refurbished simulator cinema ride with his mother.
Fortunately the child escaped severe injury, but he was left with bruising to his head and Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector Julian Franklin said the incident could have been much more serious.
"The Motion Master simulator cinema ride had only been operational for three weeks and had been subject to various internal safety checks, so this was a major oversight on the part of the company," he commented.
It follows news that a father whose sons were hurt in the crash on Blackpool Pleasure Beach’s Big Dipper ride earlier in the year has vowed to sue for injury compensation.