Alton Towers to be prosecuted by HSE

Following the ‘Smiler’ incident, whereby five people were seriously injured when a high speed theme park ride collided with a stationary carriage on the same track, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has decided to prosecute Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd, who own Alton Towers and are responsible for the rides safety.

The accident resulted in two of the five, who were seriously injured, having to have leg amputations and the investigation that followed has provided evidence that the HSE feels is enough to prosecute the company for breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act etc, 1974.

The head of operations for HSE in the Midlands commented:
“We have today informed Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd that it will be prosecuted for breaching health and safety law.

“This was a serious incident with life-changing consequences for five people.

“We have conducted a very thorough investigation and consider that there is sufficient evidence and that it is in the public interest to bring a prosecution.”

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