Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Jobs, Enterprise & Innovation Niall Collins has published legislation to improve health and safety standards for funfairs users.

This draft legislation will enhance and strengthen current health and safety provisions for recreational users of funfairs provided in Ireland.

“By amending section 8 of the Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005, these new proposals will put in place a framework in primary legislation outlining specific duties on funfair operators.

“Such duties will ensure that the highest health and safety standards are in operation by funfair operators in order to minimise potential dangers to users.  These will cover adequate user protections and warnings.

“Under these proposals any funfair equipment operator must ensure a duty of reasonable care to recreational users. Finally, the legislation provides provisions for penalising operators found to have failed to take reasonable care to maintain fairground equipment in a safe condition.

“Unlike the UK, there is no direct provision in Irish workplace health and safety law to protect users of fairground equipment.  In addition, the UK has a large body of documentation on guidance and safety practice that is sorely missing in Ireland.

“Considering there have been fatalities and injuries in other jurisdictions, Ireland needs to strive for the highest health and safety protections for recreational users at funfairs.

“This legislation I have published today attempts to achieve this. I look forward to introducing this bill in the Dáil in the coming weeks and engage with interested stakeholders,” concluded Collins.