Man fined after two are injured at fun park
The operator of an amusement park ride at the World Carnival was yesterday fined $2,000 by a Kowloon City Court magistrate after two people were injured using the attraction.
Robert Mariusz Brodecki, 32, pleaded guilty to failing to observe safety requirements while operating the Wave Swinger ride at Kai Tak on Christmas Day.
The court heard Brodecki was employed to operate the ride, in which people sit in swing-like seats as they spin around a central tower.
As the ride was due to end, Brodecki failed to reduce its speed and two people were hurt when their legs hit lights as the ride descended towards its platform.
Brodecki admitted he had forgotten to reduce the speed because he was switching music. He told the court he earns just 500 euros (HK$4,210) for operating the ride for the 58 days of the carnival.
The two-minute ride swings outward almost 90 degrees as it moves up and the operator is required to reduce the speed by controlling the brake as it descends.
A spokeswoman for World Carnival said last night that Brodecki had been specially hired in Switzerland, from where the Wave Swinger was imported. He has since been barred from operating the ride, she said.
After the incident, the ride was closed for three weeks by the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department.
The spokeswoman said the operators had since moved the lights and loudspeakers further away from the swings and re-programmed the ride to improve its safety.
An Electrical and Mechanical Services Department spokesman said it would continue to inspect the Wave Swinger and other rides at the carnival until it ends on Sunday to ensure they meet safety standards.
Between its opening on December 14 and Tuesday, the carnival had attracted more than 1.7 million visitors.