Beamish museum to face no action over death of schoolboy killed in steam engine fall

Karl Doran
Karl Doran
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HEALTH and safety chiefs have said a top visitor attraction will not face action following the death of a seven-year-old boy.

Karl Doran died after falling off a steam engine at Beamish Museum, in County Durham.

The Darlington youngster was crushed to death by a 1.5 tonne trailer as he rode around the popular attraction with his father Phillip in July 2012.

Now, following a two-year investigation, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) confirmed it will be taking no further enforcement action.

Following the tragedy, it issued Beamish with an improvement notice which required staff to assess the risks to people using the steam engines and ensure those risks were communicated to anyone using the engines.

Chris Gillies, HSE principal inspector who led the investigation, said that HSE was satisfied that the risks from the use of steam traction engines at Beamish were now properly controlled.

He said: “HSE propose to work with Beamish Museum and similar organisations to ensure other operators of steam traction engines are aware of the risks and the measures necessary to control those risks, particularly when children are being carried.

“It would not be in the public interest to take further enforcement action against the museum.”

An inquest, held in December, recorded a verdict of accidental death.