Inspector banned after M&D’s Tsunami crash

M&D's Tsunami rollercoaster accident

A safety inspector who signed off M&D’s Tsunami rollercoaster 16 days before it derailed has been banned from undertaking further work.

He has been served with a prohibition notice by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

The inspector issued the Pinfari-manufactured Tsunami with a Declaration of Operational Compliance (DoC) on 10 June, with the ride’s train detaching from the tracks on 26 June.

Ten people suffered injuries in the accident and an 11-year-old boy remains in hospital.

The park’s indoor attractions have since reopened but all outdoor rides have remained closed since the crash.

‘Deregistered’

The Daily Record newspaper reports that the inspector had taken himself off the register of fairground ride inspectors prior to the HSE’s enforcement notice being issued.

The HSE has issued guidance to ride operators, warning them that other rides inspected by the individual may also be at risk.

Headed “urgent action required”, a communique from HSE principal inspector Cameron Adam read: “There is clearly a potential for other rides examined by [the inspector] to be unsafe.”

It added: “In any case, public confidence in the safety of rides with current DoCs issued by him may be undermined.”

The HSE said its investigation will continue, and that it would communicate any findings which may have an impact on public safety as appropriate.

M&D’s was quoted by the BBC as saying it was unable to comment on any decisions taken by the HSE.

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