Abbey Park fairground ride collapse: William Roberts fined

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A fairground ride operator must pay a total of more than £11,000 after two teenagers were seriously injured when a ride collapsed.

Conor Baker and Danny Keogh, out celebrating the end of their GCSEs, were thrown from the Mega Bounce Frog at a fair in Abbey Park, Leicester.

William Roberts admitted failing to ensure the ride was safe.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said "obvious" defects in the ride were "troubling".

Inspector Neil Ward said: "The outcome could have been much worse. It was a horrifying and painful experience for Conor and Danny and extremely distressing for their families, friends and members of the public who witnessed the incident."

Danny was thrown out and Conor hit the protective barrier around the ride as it continued to spin on 28 July, 2012, the HSE told Leicester Magistrates' Court.

Danny, then 16, was treated in intensive care following extensive surgery for a collapsed lung, broken arm and deep wounds to his side, which required 88 staples. He also needed stitches in his tongue and chin.

Conor, also 16 at the time, suffered a broken nose, broken teeth, cuts to his face and a significant blow to the head.

The HSE investigation found that a clip and pin securing the car to its operating arm had fallen out and that the ride, which had 14 cars, had been badly maintained.

Roberts, 36, of Atherton, Manchester, was fined £6,500 and ordered to pay costs of £5,000, after admitting breaching Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations.

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