Safety inspector banned after M&D’s Tsunami crash

An independent safety inspection operator has been issued a prohibition notice after the roller coaster crash which injured eight children.


The notice was issued by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after a train on the inverted roller coaster became separated from the rails, before plunging 20ft to the ground.

The board have taken additional measures by advising fairground operators who use the individual to inspect their rides to ‘take appropriate action’.

The man responsible for  the checks, who’s name has not yet been disclosed, performed the annual safety inspections on Tsunami a number of weeks before the incident occurred in June.

In a full statement, HSE said: “HSE is currently investigating the crash of the Tsunami ride at M&D’s theme park on Sunday June 26 and will continue to work closely with Police Scotland and the Crown Office while the cause of the incident is established.

‘As part of the ongoing investigation, HSE has taken enforcement action against an independent fairground ride inspector.

‘They have been served with a prohibition notice which prevents them from undertaking any inspection of fairground rides until the condition of the prohibition notice is fulfilled.

‘HSE is working with industry bodies to ensure all fairground owners are aware of the prohibition notice.

‘Ride owners directly affected by this individual’s work are being contacted through industry bodies to ensure they are able take any appropriate action that is necessary.”

The Motherwell based amusement park has partially reopened since the incident, however the exterior areas of the park alongside the rides remain closed until further notice.

 

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About: Dan Wright

Dan is a graduate Journalism student who has been writing for Airgates since 2015. His passion and knowledge for the theme park industry sees him visiting theme parks across the world each year, mainly in Europe. Dan has appeared on behalf of Airgates on BBC Radio 5Live and BBC Radio Sheffield to part with his theme park/roller coaster knowledge to a public audience.

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