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May 19, 2015

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Fairground operator fined after worker is crushed

It has been heard in court how a 27-year-old employee became trapped when a trailer that was being pulled by nylon strapping rolled out of control. It came to rest when it hit a wall, crushing the worker who sustained a number of injuries to his body which still require medical treatment.

The incident occurred during the dismantling and removal of a fairground ride at Castle Park, Abbey Street, Bangor involving County Armagh fairground operator Nigel Bell on 24 April 2014.

The Health and Safety Executive for Northern Ireland (HSENI) investigation into the incident revealed that the method Nigel Bell was using to move the trailer was unsafe and there was no mechanism to stop it rolling too far. On this occasion his employee was crushed between the trailer and a wall.

Nigel Bell was fined £5,000 plus costs of £1,140 at Downpatrick Crown Court after pleading guilty to a breach of Article 4 of the Health and Safety at Work Order (NI) 1978.

Speaking after the hearing, Kevin Campbell, an inspector with HSENI’s Major Investigation Team said: “This accident was easily preventable and underlines the need for trailers to be properly attached to lorry units and for trailers to have sufficient brakes to bring them to a halt.”

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