Alton Towers resort fined

Merlin Attractions Operation Ltd pleaded guilty to health and safety failings at Alton Towers resort and have today been fined £5million with costs to pay of £69,955.40.

In total 16 people were injured with two suffering leg amputations when the carriages of the resort's Smiler ride collided on 2 June 2015.

Although the Health and Safety Executive found no fault with the track, the cars, or the control system of the ride, head of operations for the HSE in the Midlands said "This avoidable incident happened because Merlin failed to put in place systems to allow engineers to work safely on the ride while it was running. This made it all too easy for a whole series of unchecked mistakes, not just one push of a button, to result in tragic consequences."

Posted on: 27/09/2016

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