Owner of fairground ride that young girl ‘fell off’ charged with breaching health and safety regulations

The Edwin Hall twister fairground ride
The Edwin Hall twister fairground ride

A fairground ride operator, who runs a Twister, has appeared in court charged with breaching Health and Safety guidelines after a young girl fell off it.

Patrick McGeough is being prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an incident in November 2012 when a girl fell off the ride and collided with a metal barrier.

The court heard that McGeough was in charge of the Edwin Hall twister ride at Hollowell Stream Rally on Saturday, November 3, 2012 when the young girl got on.

A HSE prosecutor said it had “evidence to suggest” that the ride was running 50 per cent faster than its maximum speed and the secondary locks on the machine were not done up.

The court heard the girl was taken to hospital after she collided with a metal barrier and then hit the floor.

She was in hospital for 24 hours before being released suffering from heavy bruising.

McGeough offered no indication of his plea during a short hearing at Northampton Magistrates’ Court.

The fairground ride owner has elected for the case to be heard at Northampton Crown Court.

A plea and case management hearing will be held in December.

McGeough is charged with breaching section 33 of the Health and Safety Act 2008.

The Hollowell Steam Rally and Heavy Horse Show is held in November every year and usually features a fun fair with fairground rides.