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Alton Towers Disaster Flags Importance of Health & Safety Procedures

2016-04-26 09:00:00 +0100 by Miriam Heale


If the Alton Towers disaster teaches us anything, it's to put all the correct health and safety checks and procedures in place and continually monitor and communicate them to every employee.

Merlin Entertainments is facing a 'very large fine' after it admitted breaking health and safety laws in relation to the rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers in June last year.

The collision on the Smiler ride injured 16 people, two of them had to have their legs amputated and three others suffered life-changing injuries.

No company wants to injure it's customers, but in the brief hearing on Friday (22 April), Bernard Thoroughgood, counsel for the Health and Safety Executive, told the court that although the rollercoaster was mechanically safe, there were no procedures in place to alert staff when a static ride was on the tracks.

Tragically, although the static carriage was shown on the computer, a member of staff did not see it and overrode the computer.

Considering all the risks involved in any workplace activity is one the primary concerns of all Health and Safety practitioners.  This may be easy to judge Merlin Entertainments with hindsight, but this is the reason why health and safety is so important in the workplace and why the UK has such high standards. 

Merlin Entertainments pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws and will be sentenced on May 20 at Stafford Crown Court.

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