Chessington fined £150,000 after 4-year-old girl injured in fall from queue

Posted Monday, January 12, 2015 9:13 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Chessington World of Adventures has been fined £150,000 for safety breaches after a four-year-old girl suffered head injuries in a 14ft (4.2m) fall. The girl, from Kent, suffered a bleed on the brain and fractured skull when she fell from the queue for the Tomb Blaster ride in 2012.

Read more from The BBC.

Monday, January 12, 2015 10:35 AM

I saw something like this about ten years ago in the queue of the SLC at SFA, except that the fencing was already broken, and it was about a six feet long section.

As a former ride operator, it is standard to check things like this in the morning before opening the ride, and alert maintenance of any issues. I wonder if Chessington's defective railing was at all visible during that check? I don't know if I would expect employees to push and pull on each section of fencing.

Now I recall when I designed and worked at building haunted houses. The most important thing I drilled into everyone's head was safety. I would say, all day long, stuff like, "While you are walking around throughout the day, keep an eye out for anything that is potentially hazardous. We don't want anyone to get hurt."

Any visible extension cords? Make them not visible. Any ladders leaning against the wall? Move them. Path not clear of obstacles? Clear it. It's the same thing for a queue at an amusement park. Safety safety safety!

Last edited by LostKause, Monday, January 12, 2015 10:36 AM
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