Alton Towers The Smiler Rollercoaster

Health and Safety Executive statement – update on investigation into incident at Alton Towers

5 June 2015

HSE will today remove the carriages involved in the incident on ‘The Smiler’ rollercoaster on 2 June and transport them to the Health and Safety Laboratory in Buxton for further analysis.

The investigation into the incident continues and HSE inspectors remain on site. They have served a Prohibition notice on the rollercoaster stopping its use until action is taken to deal with the cause of the failure.

Neil Craig, Head of Operations for HSE in the Midlands said:

“The Notice is specific to the ‘Smiler’ ride and does not affect other rides at the park. HSE expects the park operator to apply any early learning from the incident to wider risk management at the site.

“The decision about when to re-open the Park is for the owners to make.”


  1. HSE has a range of enforcement powers, ranging from verbal and written advice, Improvement Notices, Prohibition Notices and prosecutions under various health and safety laws in England and Wales
  2. More information about enforcement notices is available here:[1]
  3. The Health and Safety Laboratory is the research arm of the Health and Safety Executive. It supplies science-based research, technological support, and incident investigation