Owner of dodgy ferris wheel at 2010 Bluesfest to be sentenced

Ferris Wheel at the Byron Bluesfest 2010 with missing a carriage after the carriage fell off the ride.
Ferris Wheel at the Byron Bluesfest 2010 with missing a carriage after the carriage fell off the ride. Kylie Cox

THE OWNER of a ferris wheel that injured three teenagers at the 2010 Byron Bay Bluesfest has pleaded guilty to breaches of the Occupational Health and Safety Act and will face sentencing in Sydney.

The three teenage girls were seriously injured when a carriage broke from the ferris wheel they were riding in after the axle failed, causing the carriage to fall 6-8m to the ground, a representative for WorkCover NSW said

"The 16-year-old female suffered head and spinal injuries in the incident, as well as cuts and abrasions to her arms and legs, and one 15-year-old female suffered head, neck and spinal injuries, while the other 15-year-old female suffered neck and facial injuries," the representative said.

The girls were able to climb out of the car after it fell and were treated at the scene by ambulance paramedics before being taken to Tweed Heads Hospital, a police officer reported in April 2010.

At the time, WorkCover NSW sent inspectors to the Bluesfest site and put a prohibition notice on the ferris wheel, banning its use.

Following investigations, in December 2011 WorkCover NSW started proceedings against Earth Quake Promotions Pty Ltd.

A sentencing hearing at the Industrial Relations Court in Sydney was yesterday adjourned to Tuesday.

Topics:  bluesfest

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