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Health and Safety Executive releases new Smiler images following Alton Towers guilty plea
POSTED 26 Apr 2016 . BY Tom Anstey
A total of 16 people were injured in June last year when their carriage collided with an empty one Credit: Health & Safety Laboratory
Following the guilty plea from Merlin Entertainments related to last year’s Smiler rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released a statement and images of the car involved in the accident.

In a hearing last week, Merlin admitted breaching health and safety laws, meaning the firm will face an unlimited fine, expected to be in the millions of pounds, when it is sentenced at a later date.

A total of 16 people were injured in June last year when their carriage collided with an empty one. Of the 16, five were seriously injured, including two people who underwent leg amputations.

“We welcome the guilty plea entered by Merlin,” said the HSE statement. “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.”

The Smiler reopened for the first time in March. The ride has since been equipped with new safety features, including technical improvements. Staff have also been given additional training.

The park has also added further protocols to the manual override process so that a senior staff member has to authorise and action the decision. Additional surveillance cameras and additional staff inspection checks have also been put in place.

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The accident is thought to have cost Merlin Entertainments in excess of £50m Credit: Health & Safety Laboratory
Five people were seriously injured, including two people who underwent leg amputations Credit: Health & Safety Laboratory
The investigation concluded that the incident was the result of human error, culminating in the manual override of the ride safety control system without the appropriate protocols being followed Credit: Health & Safety Laboratory
During the hearing, the company was alleged to have breached section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Credit: Health & Safety Laboratory
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  Human error caused Smiler crash at Alton Towers; ride will re-open


A rollercoaster crash which seriously injured a number people, including two people who underwent leg amputations, was the result of human error when an operator manually overrode the ride safety system, it was revealed today (24 November).
  Alton Towers to cut up to 190 jobs following Smiler accident


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Health and Safety Executive releases new Smiler images following Alton Towers guilty plea
POSTED 26 Apr 2016 . BY Tom Anstey
A total of 16 people were injured in June last year when their carriage collided with an empty one Credit: Health & Safety Laboratory
Following the guilty plea from Merlin Entertainments related to last year’s Smiler rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released a statement and images of the car involved in the accident.

In a hearing last week, Merlin admitted breaching health and safety laws, meaning the firm will face an unlimited fine, expected to be in the millions of pounds, when it is sentenced at a later date.

A total of 16 people were injured in June last year when their carriage collided with an empty one. Of the 16, five were seriously injured, including two people who underwent leg amputations.

“We welcome the guilty plea entered by Merlin,” said the HSE statement. “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.”

The Smiler reopened for the first time in March. The ride has since been equipped with new safety features, including technical improvements. Staff have also been given additional training.

The park has also added further protocols to the manual override process so that a senior staff member has to authorise and action the decision. Additional surveillance cameras and additional staff inspection checks have also been put in place.

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The accident is thought to have cost Merlin Entertainments in excess of £50m Credit: Health & Safety Laboratory
Five people were seriously injured, including two people who underwent leg amputations Credit: Health & Safety Laboratory
The investigation concluded that the incident was the result of human error, culminating in the manual override of the ride safety control system without the appropriate protocols being followed Credit: Health & Safety Laboratory
During the hearing, the company was alleged to have breached section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 Credit: Health & Safety Laboratory
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Merlin pleads guilty over Alton Towers Smiler crash


Alton Towers owner Merlin Entertainments has pleaded guilty in court to breaking health and safety laws in relation to the Smiler rollercoaster crash that seriously injured five passengers, including two people who underwent leg amputations.
Human error caused Smiler crash at Alton Towers; ride will re-open


A rollercoaster crash which seriously injured a number people, including two people who underwent leg amputations, was the result of human error when an operator manually overrode the ride safety system, it was revealed today (24 November).
Alton Towers to cut up to 190 jobs following Smiler accident


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