With summer in full swing, top compensation provider Accident Advice Helpline has issued a warning to fairgoers to exercise caution when using fairground rides. This follows the recent prosecution of a fairground owner near Preston for failing to ensure the safety of passengers on one of his rides.
The safety of passengers on their rides should be paramount in the minds of fairground owners, but this is obviously not so in the case of a fairground operator near Preston who has been prosecuted for breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act, 1974. The top personal injury compensation provider: Accident Advice Helpline, has brought the issue of public safety at fairgrounds into the forefront of people’s minds by warning of the danger of serious injury from unsafe fairground rides.
Self-employed fairground owners have to comply with health and safety regulations in the same way that a large company does. Rider safety should be uppermost in the minds of all fairground operators, with safety inspections and risk assessments occurring on a regular basis so that health and safety is an ongoing issue, and not something to be considered only at the start of the season.
The view of the compensation provider
A spokesperson from Accident Advice Helpline commented:
“Without wishing to be killjoys we would like to remind the public of the inherent dangers of using fairground rides, and the trust that many people misguidedly put in ride owners to maintain the rides properly, and protect public safety.”
He went on to say, “accident injury claims as a result of fairground accidents rise significantly in the spring and summer, with Easter often being the start of the fairground season.”
For anyone wishing to contact Accident Advice Helpline, they can be reached on free phone number 0800 689 0500. In addition to offering personal injury claim advice, accident victims can use an injury compensation calculator on the website, which estimates the amount of compensation they might receive.