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Event Planning: Fairground and Amusement Rides

If you are having fairground and children’s rides it is up to you to make sure that the equipment is safe for use. When you book a fairground and or amusement ride you must obtain copies of all current mechanical inspection certificates, which have been certified by the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS). In addition, you should obtain a copy of their £5 million public liability insurance certificates and a risk assessment for each piece of equipment.  It is recommended that you have a list of the equipment that will be at the event so you can use this to check the documents against it. Please provide your local authority with the ADIPS reference number and corresponding names of the rides. The local authority does not require copies of the risk assessments.

Fairground and Amusement Rides must be under the supervision and control of a competent adult at all times.  When they are busy it is a good idea to have extra people with the operators.

Once the equipment is installed make sure that your Safety Officer inspects the ‘set up’ so you are happy that there are no obvious hazards. Make sure you have extra fencing available just in case you need to create barriers around rides and generators if this hasn’t already been considered.