Published Tuesday, 07 January 2014
A SPECTATOR was left with no useful sight in one eye after being injured while watching a rally cross event at Mallory Park race circuit, Leicester magistrates heard last week (Friday 3 January).
The court was told that a large stone was thrown up from one of the vehicles passing over a loose section of track that had been created outside the tarmac race track for the event in August 2010. The injury has left the spectator with no useful sight in one eye despite numerous operations over the past three years.
Mallory Park (Motorsport) Ltd pleaded guilty to failing to conduct its undertaking in such a way as to ensure, so far as reasonably practicable, that spectators were not exposed to a risk to their safety arising from the event, in contravention of Section 3 of the Health and Safety At Work Act 1974.
Sentence on the company, which has been in Administration since the beginning of October 2013, has been adjourned until after the conclusion of further court hearings relating to the incident.
Other charges have been brought against the race organisers and promoters - Lydden Hill Race Circuit Ltd, Lydden Hill Motor Sport Club and Amy Doran (Managing Director of Lydden Hill Race Circuits Ltd) – who have all pleaded not guilty.
The prosecution was brought by Hinckley & Bosworth Borough Council. The court heard that the authority’s Environmental Health Service investigated the incident and found that the loose track had been constructed significantly closer to the spectators than the normal racing circuit. No account had been taken by the company of likely debris being thrown up by passing vehicles or that the separation distance between racing vehicles and spectators had been significantly reduced.Last updated: 07/01/2014 12:15
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