Company sentenced after mother catapulted from fairground ride

Three individuals and a company have been sentenced after a mother-of-eight was catapulted from a fairground ride in Hillingdon, London.

Mrs Khadra Ali spent four months in hospital after she was ejected from the Xcelerator ride at the Funderpark funfair in Yiewsley on 10 April 2018. Her family continue to provide her with the support she needs after suffering multiple fractures to her back, hips, pelvis, ribs, both collarbones as well as internal bleeding and a significant head injury.

Mrs Ali, who was 45 at the time, went on the fast motion ride alongside her daughter but was not suitably restrained in her seat.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) investigation found the ride’s seat restraint system was designed with electrical and mechanical failings by the manufacturer.

The investigation also found on the day of the incident the ride operator had no attendant assisting them, despite the operations manual requiring a minimum of two people to operate and monitor the ride. Crucially, the operator did not check each rider’s restraint bar as they should have before starting the ride, and did not notice that Mrs Ali required assistance and stopped the ride.

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