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Safe Fun in the UK

JARM Amusements aim to set the standard for funfair safety in the United Kingdom.

From 1st February they will be subjecting their electrical appliances to 6 monthly Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) to ensure absolute safety at their events. Additionally they will be insisting that other operators attending their events will have to comply with the same scheme.

Company spokesman Arthur Newsome stated that "The funfair industry in this country has an excellent safety record, due in part to the rigorous annual tests that all attractions are subject to. We have decided to build upon this and combine the funfair industry standard inspections with a series of portable appliance tests carried out at 6 monthly intervals which is double the industry standard."

He went on to explain that they had purchased PAT testers & embarked on a scheme to have key personnel trained in their use, allowing regular in house testing to be carried out. "We feel that by combining both schemes and decreasing the time between inspections we are setting new standards in our industry. For the ultimate in safety, we will be quite happy to test our attractions before a clients event to offer absolute peace of mind."

Portable appliance testing, or PAT testing as it is commonly known is a standard in use throughout most industries, but not required of the fairground industry which must comply with the Amusement Device Inspection Procedure Scheme known as ADIPS which in most of its requirements is far more stringent than the regular PAT testing regime used by other industries.

The funfair industry is already one of the safest passenger carrying industries in the U.K. Official Health and Safety statistics point out that;

You are 12 times more likely to be injured on the way to the fair, than injured at the fair.

A pessimistic estimate is that you have a 1 in 83 million chance of being seriously injured or killed at the fair.

Obviously whilst these statistics are impressive, especially when compared to many other industries, there is always something more that can be done, and only by constant vigilance and improvement will this safety record be maintained.

Source: 1888 Press Release