Are Funfairs Safe
The slightest accident on a funfair flashes across the nations news channels as the armchair experts come out of the woodwork to pontificate on the safety of our nations funfairs. So do they have a point, are most rides held together with gaffer tape, cable ties and the power of positive thought?
In general no, (though we do love gaffer tape but not for safety related repairs), if you use a reputable operator, who maintains his equipment, meets all required safety procedures, and keeps the correct documentation to prove this, then you wont have a problem. The news channels never talk of the millions of rides taken every year on the nations funfair rides without issue, the fact is that news like that doesn’t sell papers.
However we aren’t asking you to take our word for it, we obviously have a vested interest in convincing you that what we do is safe, the following paragraph is taken from the conclusion of an official Health and Safety Executive report, commissioned to examine the safety on funfairs.
Summary of Conclusions 1.2 Risks to the public at fairs and amusement parks have proved to be quite small, on average, despite common perceptions to the contrary. For example, the risk of death from a typical session is estimated, on a pessimistic basis, at 1 in 83 million, which is: a) about one twelfth that from a typical walk to get to the site;
Basically you are far more likely to be injured on your way to the fair, than you are once you arrive
To put this in perspective, the chances of being struck by lightening are estimated at 1 in 700,000
So Is Everyone Safe
So does this mean you can hire any funfair ride without worry. Sadly it doesn’t, in line with any other facet of life, there are cowboy operators out there. We maintain and supply, as a minimum the following documentation for every ride we offer you;
•ADIPS test certificate (basically the rides annual MOT)
•Fire Risk Assessments
•Manual Handling Assessments
•Working At Height Assessments
•Portable Appliance Test Certificates (We are qualified to carry these out in house)
•Daily Inspection Record Book
•Public Liability Insurance
Additonally we also as a company have;
•An Environmental policy statement
•Anti Bribery Policy Statement
•Fairtrade Policy Statement
•Child Protection Policy Statement
The first list are legal requirements, any operator you are talking to who cannot supply these should be suspect, the second list aren’t legally required, but a forward thinking company should maintain most of these.
What Is ADIPS
It stands for the amusement device inspection procedure scheme, which ensures that amusements devices are regularly inspected and certified by competent independent engineers. If your proposed suppliers cannont supply these certificates when asked then run for the hills. If they do supply them then feel free to contact ADIPS to check that they are currently in date, its not unknown for unscrupulous operators to use a scanner and high quality printer to reissue their own certificates.
We provide our services for private clients including weddings, parties, bar mitzvahs, bat mitzvahs, Military balls, college balls, university balls, corporate events, corporate , company fundays and exhibitions throughout the U.K. and Europe, including Scotland, London, North Yorkshire, Lancashire, The North East and The Midlands.