Jo Davies watched in horror as her young son Sid, nine, was crushed and trapped under a man who also fell off the ride at Silcock’s Winter Wonderland. She said he was left in ‘absolute agony’
A mum whose son broke his arm after being “flung off” a ride at a winter wonderland has claimed “not one” member of staff checked on him.
Jo Davies, 42, was enjoying a Saturday afternoon at Silcock’s Winter Wonderland at EventCity in Trafford when her son Sid, nine, queued up to go on a ‘Bucking Bronco’ ride.
While on the ride, Sid was flung off at the same time as another person who landed on him, Manchester Evening News reports.
His mother said the incident left him with a broken arm, explaining: “The ride moved forwards, backwards and side-to-side, and as it did so, Sid fell to the left of the ride and a man next to him fell at the same time to his right.
“He landed right on top of my son – trapping him underneath.”
The operators stopped the ride, she said, but “nobody came to help or see if he was alright”.
A spokesperson for the event said staff only found out about the incident two days later, and that a “full investigation” had been launched into what happened.
Jo continued: “Nobody came to check if he was okay
“It was very obvious he had broken his arm – he was pale, sweating and in absolute agony.
“I was worried because he didn’t know what to do with himself.
Manchester Family / MEN)
“I know he was on a ride where you kind of expect to maybe fall off, but I didn’t really factor in the possibility that an adult would fall on top of him and break his arm.”
Jo, who works as a nurse, says that Sid has a number of health conditions, including Von Willebrand Disease, where the blood doesn’t clot properly and results in bleeding more easily than normal.
He also has a condition called Poland Syndrome, a genetic disorder where one side of the body is affected by missing or underdeveloped muscles.
She decided to take him to hospital, where an X-Ray later confirmed he had broken his right arm.
As they left the venue, “not one” member of staff checked on her and her son, she claimed.
“The ride was probably at the furthest point away from the entrance so we had to walk all the way through the park.
“We walked past multiple members of staff along the way and, despite it being evident he was injured and crying, not one of them asked if he was okay or needed help.”
Because of his condition, Sid’s left side is shorter than his right and he has limited movement and bones missing in his left hand.
His mum said: “He’s right-handed and broken his right arm – he’s highly reliant on doing everything with his right arm.
“He’s now in a sling and in a lot of discomfort and pain. It’s not just that he’s broken his arm – it’s going to have a knock-on effect on him.
Manchester Family / MEN)
“Obviously, I’m going to be upset because my son is hurt but I just feel really disappointed with the lack of care while we were there.”
She said her family were at Winter Wonderland for “around 10 minutes” before the incident happened, adding: “It’s a wonderful experience for children and the majority of people who go will have a lovely experience.
“We went with that level of anticipation and Sid was so excited to go with his friends.
“It was just a sad abrupt ending when we’d only been there for a few minutes.”
She messaged the venue organisers to complain about the handling of the incident on Monday and said she did not get a reply from staff until Wednesday.
Manchester Family / MEN)
“They replied apologising and stating that they’ve checked the ride and it’s mechanically sound but that’s not my point really,” she said.
“My point is that if you’ve got a ride where children and adults are riding together, they should be spaced apart to minimise the risk of injury.
“Someone could have fallen on top of someone’s head and caused a head injury that could be more catastrophic than a broken arm.
“It’s left a bitter taste in my mouth due to the fact there was no sort of care.
“The person operating the ride or the person who fell on him didn’t even ask if he was okay.
“I feel a bit sad about that – if I thought I might have even remotely hurt somebody, I’d be mortified and would be checking if they were okay.
“I just feel quite disappointed and I think it could have been dealt with differently.”
In a statement in response to Jo’s complaints, a spokesperson for Silcock’s Winter Wonderland said: “Silcock’s Winter Wonderland management team were hugely concerned to find out that an incident took place during a ride on the Bucking Bronco. The nature of this ride is to be thrown off safely and has been passed and complies with all the HSE guidance.
“The management team were made aware two days later that another attendee had fallen on to a child causing injury. If informed, the duty managers would have ensured the incident was looked after and seen by the onsite paramedics on the day.
“A full investigation into what happened is now taking place and an independent inspector has been brought in to look into the ride and the situation to see if any improvements can be made.
“Silcock’s Winter Wonderland Manchester hand pick the ride operators due to the incredibly high standards in both safety and customer experience.
“Thoughts are with the family at this time and following this unfortunate incident and they are keen to have continued open communication with them as the safety of customers is paramount.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.