Laser tag company admits failings
Posted: January 30, 2016
Posted in: Public Liability
Former owners of a laser tag arena in Oldbury, DFI Services Limited, pleaded guilty to two offences of neglect at a hearing in Sandwell Magistrates’ Court on 19 January 2015. The hearing followed a serious accident that took place at The Raceway, Park Lane Trading Estate on 13 July 2013 when an 11-year-old boy fell onto a metal grid, lacerating his knee. The wound required 60 stitches and the boy is still suffering ongoing medical issues. He has also undergone several operations on his injuries.
It was found that the company, who no longer own The Raceway, were in breach of Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and were fined £10,000. They were also found to be in breach of the Management and Safety at Work Regulation 1999 for which they have been fined a further £2,000.
The child was awarded £1,500 in compensation from DFI Services as well as £1,200 towards prosecution costs. The company was also ordered to pay £14,820 as a victim’s surcharge.
Commenting on the case, Councillor Darren Cooper stated: “We welcome the sentences on these charges because it is vitally important that companies are held responsible for their actions when people are injured on their premises under these circumstances”. He added: “This was a very distressing case for the child concerned and it is fitting that the magistrates decided to take tough action on the company”.
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