Alton Towers Re-opens The Smiler

On 19 March, Chief Executive of Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, Nick Varney will be the first passenger on the reopened Smiler ride at Alton Towers.

The Smiler was closed on 2nd June 2015 following a collision of a carriage with a stationary carriage causing severe injuries to five people and resulting in two individuals requiring leg amputations.

Merlin Attractions Operations are being prosecuted by the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) and will be appearing at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on 22 April 2016 to face a charge under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

In November 2015 Merlin released a press briefing stating the accident was a consequence of “human error”.

Although human factors are always a significant part of any workplace incident, this is rarely considered to be a defence. Indeed, health and safety legislation lays responsibility so firmly on the duty holder that very few defences are available.

We shall be monitoring proceedings carefully to see what aggravating and mitigating features may emerge.

ONLINE TRAINING | IOSH Safety for Executives and Directors

Looking to improve your understanding of health and safety, demonstrate your commitment to employee wellbeing, and protect your business from prosecution? Learn essential skills in effective risk management, including how to create a COVID-secure workplace, with this one-day course for business owners, senior managers and directors.

15th December 2020 | 09:30 – 16:30

Director of Health & Safety Services

Nick Wilson

Health and safety should be a priority for any business but ensuring compliance can often feel like a daunting task. We’re here to help you turn complex regulations into sensible, proportionate controls.

Our live Client satisfaction rating is currently:

Last Updated:

Urgent Issue?

Why not take a look through our library of carefully created Health & Safety documents and templates to see if we have what you need?

Let's start talking on 0345 226 8393 or complete the form below.

More From EW

Get your FREE download

We combine the service quality of a law firm with the certainty of fixed-fee services to provide expert, solutions-focused Employment LawHR and Health & Safety support tailored to employers.

Call us on 0345 226 8393.

Combating coronavirus | FREE advice and resources for employers

Our Coronavirus Advice Hub is open now. Get instant access to regularly updated guidance, sample policies, template risk assessments and more.
 
Click to explore what’s available.

Get your FREE download

We combine the service quality of a law firm with the certainty of fixed-fee services to provide expert, solutions-focused Employment LawHR and Health & Safety support tailored to employers.

Call us on 0345 226 8393.

Get your FREE download

We combine the service quality of a law firm with the certainty of fixed-fee services to provide expert, solutions-focused Employment LawHR and Health & Safety support tailored to employers.

Call us on 0345 226 8393.

Hi, how can we help?
Click the button below to chat to an expert.

Is Your Business Based in Scotland?

Go straight to our free sector-specific Risk Assessment Templates for Scottish organisations…
 
Click to explore what’s available.
Error: Embedded data could not be displayed.
Read our Privacy Policy.