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HSE response to Alton Towers owners’ guilty plea to ride safety

HSE have issued a statement saying they "welcome" the guilty plea from Merlin Attractions for safety failings after the crash on the Smiler rollercoaster in June. 

Neil Craig, Head of Operations for HSE in the Midlands said: “We welcome the guilty plea entered by Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd.
“Merlin has acknowledged that it failed in its legal duty to protect people on the Smiler ride.
“Those injured on 2 June last year had every right to expect a carefree and fun day out.
“The incident was profoundly distressing for everyone involved, both physically and mentally. It left some with life changing injuries.
“We hope this first milestone will help those affected to continue their recovery from this tragic incident.”
On they day in question last year five people were seriously injured on the Smiler rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers in Staffordshire.
Two female passengers on the ride suffered leg amputations and three others were also seriously injured when their carriage collided with a stationary carriage on the same track.
Merlin Attractions Operation Ltd appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre, in Newcastle-under-Lyme on 22nd April to face a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
HSE has released images showing the front carriage of the Smiler ride, (courtesy of HSL.)
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The judge presiding over the case has warned Merlin that they now face a “very large fine”.
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