One thing that could be a concern here.
Having read some of the articles, it is clear that there will be legal proceedings taken against Merlin (obviously) but there is a clear suggestion of the push for criminal charges. Quote: "It is expected serious consideration will be given to criminal prosecutions". Presumably, given that it seems to be the consensus that there was some degree of human error at play here, the criminal liability will fall down to the person who made the error as they may not have followed 'procedure'?
I really hate this kind of "we need to pin this on someone" and "someone must pay" culture. Yes, Merlin will pay heavily for this event financially, but why is there the suggestion that someone has to be prosecuted criminally? I'm almost certain no ride operator, tech staff or park management meant for that to happen.
they do this to train crew now too.... we had it drummed into us at the last safety brief that since a change in law (typical tories looking after their corporate buddies) if we (guards) injure someone that WE will be the ones to get prosecuted or sued if the injured decides to take it to court.... totally shocking really
I do not know why you think this is shocking. If you are in a position of responsibility and damage someone / something through your own neglect, then you should have the book thrown at you, not the company.
To put it another way, if the operator of the Smiler was playing Candy Crush on his phone and ignored vital safety alarms then he should be held liable for the resultant accident, not Merlin. However if it was known to management that this was a lax worker and there was a general lax attitude in the workplace, which they did nothing to rectify, then they would be held partly liable. That was all hypothetical and hope neither is true, just an example.
I work in a potentially very dangerous environment and have a high degree of responsibility for the safety of people around me. I am under no illusion that if I mess up, then I take the blame. But if I mess up as a result of the company not equipping me with the correct training to conduct my job, then they are to blame.