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Fairgrounds: Accidents

Question for Department for Work and Pensions

UIN 213367, tabled on 29 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many accidents have occurred at funfairs and amusement parks in each of the last three years.

Answered on

5 February 2019

The figures in the table below provide the number of reported injuries in Great Britain to (a) workers and (b) members of the public, notified to HSE under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences 2013 (RIDDOR), where the industry activity recorded for the incident is ‘Activities of amusement parks and theme parks’.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has a dedicated National Fairground Inspection Team (NFIT) which enforces health and safety law at fairgrounds and theme parks in Great Britain. NFIT inspectors are located throughout GB and respond to accidents and incidents in their local area. They can also call on support from a range of Specialist Inspectors if necessary. The team also targets proactive inspection of fairground rides with known problems and other areas of higher risk; for the coming year’s inspection plan, 19/20, inflatable devices are identified within it as an area of work.

Online guidance freely available from HSE website has recently been revised and the content of this made known to industry dutyholders via their trade bodies. Local Authority colleagues who also have powers to inspect such devices have been made aware of this information also.


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The following points should be noted:

  1. Statistics are identified by Standard Industrial Classification 2007 (SIC 2007) class 9321 – Activities of amusement parks and theme parks.
  2. The term worker includes employees and self-employed persons combined.
  3. The details provided are for injuries reported under RIDDOR – a single accident may result in more than one injury and more than one report.
  4. RIDDOR data needs to be interpreted with care because it is known that injuries to members of the public at fairgrounds and theme parks tend to be over-reported in some parts of the industry and under-reported in others. HSE’s analysis of the data for injuries to members of the public at fairgrounds and theme parks in 2014/15 found that upwards of 75% of reported injuries did not meet the criteria for a RIDDOR reportable injury.