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Karl Doran death: No further action against Beamish Museum

  • 21 January 2014
  • From the section Tees
Karl Doran Image copyright Durham Police
Image caption Karl Doran suffered head injuries

No further action will be taken against a County Durham museum following the death of seven-year-old boy.

Karl Doran, from Darlington, died when he fell under the trailer of a steam traction engine driven by his father Philip at Beamish Museum in July 2012.

An inquest into his death in December recorded a verdict of accidental death.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it will be taking "no further enforcement action" following a two-year investigation into the incident.

The open air museum was issued with an improvement notice by the HSE to ensure steam engines driven by volunteers were properly risk-assessed.

Chris Gillies, HSE principal inspector, said they were "satisfied" that the risks from the use of steam traction engines at Beamish Museum were now "properly controlled".

The regulator said it would "not be in the public interest" to take further enforcement action against the museum.

Philip Doran, a volunteer at the museum, had been driving the vintage vehicle around the attraction on 22 July, with his son sitting on the tow bar. Karl went under the trailer and died of head injuries.

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