Sheffield family’s anger as ‘not enough’ done to improve Skegness ride after boy’s horror accident

Thomas Russon, aged 6, needed a skin graft to repair the damage to his side after falling from a carriage on the Ghost Train ride
Thomas Russon, aged 6, needed a skin graft to repair the damage to his side after falling from a carriage on the Ghost Train ride
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The father of a six-year-old Sheffield boy severely injured in a fairground ride accident has said ‘not enough’ has been done to improve safety standards.

Thomas Russon, from Beighton, suffered extreme burns after falling from a carriage on a ghost train ride and being dragged along the tracks at Skegness Pleasure Beach on July 20.

the Ghost Train on Skegness Pleasure Beach

the Ghost Train on Skegness Pleasure Beach

He had to be airlifted to hospital where he received a skin graft to repair damage to his side.

Thomas has undergone two operations and requires further surgery.

His family have since received a letter from the Health and Safety Executive confirming the company operating the ride has been served with an Improvement Notice relating to the supervision of children and other members of public on the ghost train ride.

But Thomas’ dad David Russon is disappointed that no action is being taken to improve the ride itself. He has instructed lawyers to investigate and ensure that Thomas gets the treatment and rehabilitation he needs.

Mr Russon said: “I don’t know how these rides work but there should surely be some sort of failsafe to stop the ride, and if there is already one fitted then in my view it’s not sensitive enough as Thomas has needed skin grafts for the huge burns down his side caused by the ride.

“I’m glad that the company has been told to improve supervision for children on the ride but I’m concerned that it’s not enough. I’ve seen how this has affected Thomas and it has been terrifying for all of us. I would hate for this to happen to someone else. Our focus remains on ensuring Thomas gets the best possible treatment he can so that he is back up and running as quickly as possible.”

Andrea Burke, a serious injury lawyer at Irwin Mitchell representing Thomas, said: “Thomas has suffered a horrendous ordeal and will likely have to live with both the physical and mental scars for the rest of his life. Our immediate priority is ensuring that Thomas and his family get the support they need to aid his recovery.”

No one from Skegness Pleasure Beach was available for comment today.

David and his family are also trying to find a woman who provided first aid to Thomas after the accident and ‘probably saved his life’. Anyone with information should call Andrea Burke on 0114 294 7830.