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Commissioning and Initial Test

Prior to operation, initial test of an amusement device in accordance with the designer’s instructions, witnessed by an inspection body competent in the verification of such tests. This is in addition to any supplementary testing of the device components and systems, which may have completed previously.

The initial test is carried out to ensure the safe working of the entire device. Safety systems are scrutinised with particular attention to evacuation of the  device in the unlikely event of failure.

Designed characteristics such as design loads and operating conditions (for example, wind loading) are considered, simulated and verified at this stage.

Emergency access and egress is demonstrated to prove the environment is adequate for safe utilisation.

Acceleration tests may be carried out to calculate that the forces exerted on the passengers and components do not exceed undesirable levels that have not been accounted for in the design stage.

The restraint systems and door interlocking system  should be demonstrated to insure adequate measures have been taken that they do not open during operation. This system must be tested at this stage.

More general assessments must also be carried out to ensure that hazards, such as tripping or trapping do not exist

The device must also be assessed for cleanliness so that regular visual monitoring of the device structure can be carried out safely and correctly.

For a full description of initial testing please refer to Fairground and  amusement parks - Guidance on safe practice (2nd edition), paragraphs 110-117.

Inspection engineers at LTC have commissioned and performed initial tests on all kinds of amusement devices, and we are well placed to help you to fulfil your legal requirements to get your amusement device up and running. Please contact us for more information.

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