A fairground owner has been ordered to pay £30,000 after a 12-year-old girl injured her spine falling off a ride in Lancashire.
Gary Gore, 52, of School Street in Bury, Greater Manchester, was fined £18,000 and ordered to pay £12,000 court costs after the incident on the High Roller ride at the Lostock Hall Carnival in July 2011.
The girl, who was from Penwortham, suffered fractures to her pelvis in five places, a lacerated bladder, cracked bone in her spine, broken finger and bruising to her lungs.
At a hearing at Leyland Magistrates Court on Friday, Mr Gore pleaded guilty to failing to make the ride safe.
The court heard the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) had issued a nationwide alert after an incident on the same type of ride in Halifax, West Yorkshire, in summer 2010 where a disabled teenager fell from an end seat.
HSE inspector Mike Lisle said Mr Gore had been given a copy of the warning when an inspector visited his fairground at Heaton Park, Manchester, a year before the incident on his ride.
But, no additional safety barrier had been fitted to the end seat of the High Roller from where the 12-year-old fell.
Mr Lisle said: “The 12-year-old girl may well be affected by her injuries for the rest of her life because Mr Gore did not act on the safety alert issued by HSE.
“He was given a copy of the warning in person by a HSE inspector nearly a year before the incident, but the young girl was still allowed to sit in the end seat of the ride.
“Mr Gore had failed to fit new safety bars to the ride, despite having over a year in which he could have arranged for this to be done.
“As a result, passengers were likely to have been put at risk for several months.”
He added the prosecution should “act as a warning” to business owners of the consequences of ignoring safety alerts.
Mr Gore pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 by failing to ensure the safety of passengers on the ride.
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