Legoland operators fined more than £23,000 after man is injured in fallBy Hugh Fort
February 07, 2013
The operators of Legoland in Windsor have been fined more than £23,000 for safety breaches after a Bracknell man fell from a walkway on a rollercoaster and was injured.
Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, based in Poole in Dorset, was prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive after the incident in June 2011.
Reading Magistrates Court heard this morning (Thursday) how the 42-year-old man from Bracknell fell more than three metres when he was working to remove two damaged 'trains' from a track at the theme park.
The bench heard how he was part of a team carrying out the operation to remove the parts of the Dragon Coaster ride when he stepped on a section of walkway used by workers that had been moved and replaced, but not secured back in place.
As a result, he fell to the ground and suffered a broken shoulder and several broken ribs.
It was then revealed that despite the man's injury, the work continued the next day to finish the work.
A risk assessment said harnesses and lanyards should've been used, but this was not put into action.
Afterwards, HSE inspector Karen Morris said: “This incident and the injury to the worker were avoidable and show the importance of using safe systems of work when carrying out tasks at height.
“It is quite unacceptable that the day after someone was injured in this way, more work is carried out to complete the task, and allowed to continue in the same way with inadequate fall protection or fall prevention measures in place.
“The dangers of falls from height are well known, and Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd was placing employees at unnecessary risk.”
The company was fined £23,200 and ordered to pay full costs of £12,115.
For more information about working safely at height visit www.hse.gov.uk/falls