Finch consultant highlights benefits of qualifications at ADIPS event

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The Amusement Devices Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS) is the fairground and amusement park industry’s own adopted standard for inspection and certification of fairground rides and amusement devices and is governed by the Amusement Devices Safety Council (ADSC).

Created by the major industry trade associations – in close consultation with the HSE – to improve safety standards and increase public confidence, its aim is to ensure that each and every fairground and amusement park ride or device is certified as safe for use.

ADIPS General Manager, Jon Ruddock has a wider international vision for ADIPS, a part of which is to bring reform to amusement device inspection in the UK. To deliver this reform he wants all inspectors to be professionally recognised by an engineering institution and is currently discussing proposals with stakeholders that include the parks, IET, HSE, and ministers.

Jon Ruddock’s end goal is that an inspector must be EngTech, IEng or CEng to be part of the scheme and Finch is proud to be part of the advisory team helping Jon deliver this reform. Our involvement will also help build Finch’s credentials and reputation in the sector on a global scale.

In order to demonstrate the value of professional qualification, Finch Consultant Tristan Pulford was invited to talk about how he’s benefitted from professional registration as a Chartered Engineer at the ADIPS event at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) on 18 July at the Savoy Palace.

Tristan is registered with the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and volunteered to talk about his own experiences as a professional engineer and touched on how this would be good for ADIPS.

In an email to Tristan after the event, Jon Ruddock said, “I would like to sincerely thank you for your contribution on the 18 July. I have received feedback from a number of inspectors that attended and from the ADSC Chair and all have been unanimous in stating that you were eloquent, appropriate and excellent in your delivery of your professional registration journey. I have been told the day was a resounding success of which in no small part was down to you!”

Fairgrounds and amusement parks are relatively safe when compared with other leisure activities and, in fact, represent some of the safest leisure activities of all. Each year inspections are carried out by an independent ride inspection body, whose capability to perform competent and independent inspection is assessed and monitored on an ongoing basis under the ADIPS scheme.

Finch has also been asked by ADIPS to help develop Initial Inspector Training which will be delivered in the UK and elsewhere and is intending to develop its Asset Management service packages that are adapted for the special requirements of amusement devices.