Are mobile amusement rides safe enough?
Are mobile amusement rides safe enough?

No one wants tighter safety checks on amusement rides

LIPS have remained sealed and concerns unvoiced, but when it comes to the safety of amusement rides, you might think the recent accident at Highfields would call for the opposite reaction.

When five-year-old Patrick "Paddy" O'Sullivan was flung from a carnival ride at a fete in Highfields, the country stopped in shock.

Questions were asked about how he could have fallen from the carriage, yet no one is calling for stricter safety procedures with carnival rides.

What some may find disturbing, is most show societies do not run their own safety checks on the rides before operation.

Warwick Show and Rodeo Society president Neville Fanning said the usual procedure was that safety checks were conducted by inspectors within the Showmen's Guild.

"All operators are supposed to have all the safety regulations; it's not up to us to check equipment," Mr Fanning said.

"I don't think we, in the show society, are qualified to do it. It would have to be done by an inspector."

Mr Fanning said it was a matter of hoping those who were supposed to do their jobs right, did so.

"It is always a concern - you'd hope they would have inspections running all the time," he said.

Education Training and Employment assistant director-general of human resources Craig Allen said they gave schools a safety fact sheet to tick off for school fete operators.

The checklist covers areas such as licensing, risk assessment, maintenance and more.

A Workplace Health and Safety Queensland spokeswoman said they regularly conducted spot checks.



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