The fun is all in the fear at amusement parks, but what happens when it becomes real? We may tell ourselves repeatedly when getting on a scary ride that it’s perfectly safe, really, but the truth is that amusement parks are never perfectly safe.
Even rides which have passed several rigorous safety inspections have been known to malfunction, and even the most respected and safety-conscious amusement park can have just one disgruntled employee who can’t be bothered to do his job properly. It only takes one small mistake for patrons to be injured or killed.
Safety standards at amusement parks
The Health and Safety Executive has published an extensive document on the health and safety measures that amusement parks must abide by in order to be in accordance with the law. The document covers aspects such as the regular maintenance of rides, ensuring that several safety checks are carried out each day, and ensuring that patrons whose height and weight exceeds the ride’s requirements are not allowed to get on.
Despite this document, however, accidents still happen. As in any industry, some ride operators have been known to cut corners in an attempt to save money. If there isn’t a member of staff available to perform a routine security check, or there isn’t a mechanic available to deal with a small problem, they may well choose to keep the ride running and the money rolling in rather than deal with the issue properly.
In other cases, injury may happen due to inappropriate or absent signage, as when patrons are not alerted to the danger presented by a swinging ride, or due to patrons being allowed to either get on or climb aboard rides when they are in operation. Amusement parks present a myriad of dangers, but it is the duty of their operators to protect the public.
What to do if you have been injured at an amusement park
If you have been injured at an amusement park through no fault of your own, you may be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. Personal injury compensation is a legal provision that exists to help and recompense the innocent victims of others’ negligence. If you’d like to know more, call our expert advisers at Accident Advice Helpline.
The line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and exists not just to give advice, but also to help victims make their claims. Claims can usually be done over the telephone, and on a no win, no fee basis, but you’re under no obligation to continue with your claim simply by making a call.
Date Published: November 22, 2013
Author: David Brown