October, 2016

201625Oct00:0023:59Alton Towers Smiler Crash 2015PSF Learning Brief 017 Origin: PSF Lessons:Emergency Preparedness,Operational IntegrityLanguage:EN TagsAmusement Park,Safety Critical Decisions,Time Pressures


What happened?

• At 13:00 BST there was a problem with one of the trains so engineers were called in
• An empty test train was sent out but stalled out of sight of the engineers
• A train with 16 passengers on was then sent out
• The computer system halted the ride due to the stalled train
• Engineers believed this to be an error as they could not see the stalled train; there was a mistrust of fault signals
• They manually overrode the computer system
• This set the 16-passenger train in motion and into the empty carriage

Barrister Bernard Thorogood, prosecuting for the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), said the crash equated to: A family car of 1.5 tons colliding at about 90mph


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