Inspection under way after Chessington girl's fall

  • 11 June 2012
  • From the section England
Map of the location of the fall in Surrey and Jessica's home in Kent

A health and safety inspector is spending the day at Chessington World of Adventures where a four-year-old girl was critically injured in a fall.

Jessica Blake, from Kent, suffered a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and broken ribs in the 14ft (4.2m) fall from the Tomb Blaster ride queue.

Her family are at her side at St George's Hospital, south London, where she remains in a critical condition.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it was making initial inquiries.

A spokesman said the inspector was expected to be at the Surrey theme park for the best part of Monday.

Chessington said its own internal investigation was also taking place and the ride remained closed, although the park was open.

A spokeswoman said initial inspections were focused on a fence panel which lines the queue for the ride.

She said Chessington's fully trained medical staff were on site immediately after the girl fell on Thursday and administered direct care until ambulance teams arrived.

Jessica was conscious when she was taken to hospital.

"Until all investigations have concluded we are also not in a position to comment further," she added.

"We are in touch with the family, and in line with their wishes will now await further news.

"Our thoughts and best wishes are with them at this difficult time."

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