The Canterbury A&P (Agriculture and Pastoral) show is a high profile event held yearly during Cup and Show Week. The Association has a great reputation to uphold, which is why they do everything in their power to make sure the public who attend the Show are safe. And, once again, the Show went off without a hitch this year.
BVT were fortunate enough to experience the Show from a very different perspective this year. We were asked by the Canterbury A&P Association to help them make sure the amusement devices at this year’s Show were put up correctly and safely, and carried out high level audits before and during the event. This included all of the inflatables, carnival rides, and even the tractors and trailers offering rides around the grounds. Although these rides and slides offer endless amounts of fun for the kids and the kids-at-heart, they can also be very dangerous when not maintained and put up correctly. Congratulations go to the Canterbury A&P Association and TDM Events, for another successful Show day.
Although the Amusement Devices Regulations have been around since 1978, in July 2015 WorkSafe issued a bulletin setting out new requirements for land-borne inflatables, or ‘LBIs’ for short. This dramatically raised the bar for operators of LBIs from a health and safety perspective. BVT is able to help operators and event organisers come to terms with these new requirements as noted in one of our past articles. As Chartered Professional Engineers, we are also able to assist with structural certification of general amusement devices.