Padraig Burns and Conor Ganly
INVESTIGATIONS are continuing into how a Castlebar woman fell from a ride and received serious injuries while attending a funfair in the town on Halloween.
The woman was with her son on a ride called the ‘Orbitor, at the carnival in the Castlebar Military Barracks when she fell to the ground and suffered injuries to her head, shoulder and pelvic region. She was immediately removed to Mayo General Hospital where she was treated in the Intensive Care Unit. Her son escaped injury. It is believed that the injured woman was moved to a hospital in Dublin at the weekend as she continued to receive treatment for her injuries.
The carnival closed after the incident and remained closed for two days while Gardaí carried out their investigations. The scene was preserved while an engineer carried out a detailed examination of the scene.
Euroshow, the company that operates the carnival, is also carrying out its own internal investigation into the incident.
The incident was also reported to the Health and Safety Authority but they have confirmed that they will not be getting involved in the investigation, as it was a member of the public and not a company employee that was injured.
The Castlebar Boxing Club, which is hosting the festival, said it regretted the accident which was the first accident in the 40 year history of the programme.
In a statement, the club’s honorary secretary, John Collins, said its club officers called an ambulance as soon as possible.
To facilitate a full examination of the accident area the Castlebar Club had the Carnival closed down to provide the Gardaí and the National Fairground Examination Team full support in their inspection of the machine in question.
The club said that the carnival grounds remained closed until a full clearance was received on the safety of the unit in question. The officers and members of the club wish the injured party a complete recovery.
Gardaí are anxious to speak to anyone who may have witnessed what actually happened. The incident occurred at around 8pm on Tuesday of last week and the contact number for the Castlebar Gardai is 094 90 22222.