Fairtime Inspection and Consultation Program

It may seem obvious that the highest number of fairground accidents occurs during fairtime. After all, that’s when there is the highest concentration of people on the grounds – staff, volunteers, concessionaires and fair patrons. But this is only part of the reason. Add in staff and volunteers stretched to their limits and working in areas where they have little experience, interaction between people and portable carnival equipment, motorized racing events, large animals, light industrial equipment, vehicle traffic, heat, alcohol and stress, and you have a mix of conditions that can dramatically increase a fair’s accident potential. In response, CFSA began the Fairtime Inspection and Consultation Program in 1996 to help fairs identify, reduce and control potential hazards triggered by conditions such as these.

Services within this Risk Control program include:

Temporary and Volunteer Staff Safety Orientation

We also offer an abbreviated safety orientation for temporary and volunteer staff. When requested, we can distribute the Fair Safety Handbook. A generic version of the handbook is available in the Fairs Safety Manual, on disk (in Word). Once downloaded on your computer, the handbook can be customized to include your fair’s specific rules and regulations.

Temporary Electrical Installation Inspections

Participants, concessionaires and facility renters in need of additional electrical outlets or power will often take matters into their own hands without the consent of fair management. Commercially unapproved items, such as multi-plug adaptors available at hardware stores, are often used to power up everything from electric shears to RVs. Undersized, improperly rated and ungrounded extension cords are also frequently used creating fire, electrical shock, and trip and fall hazards.

Motorized Exhibitions and Racing Event Inspections

Demolition Derbies, Monster Trucks, Stock Car Racing and Tractor Pulls are a tradition at many of California’s fairs. Using inspection criteria adopted from the Department of Transportation’s highway barrier standards, building standards and common engineering principals, we work closely with the California Fairs Financing  Authority on minimum standards for the construction of protective fencing and barriers. We also work with fair staff to ensure that everyone allowed in the pit area has signed a waiver form, that all necessary safety equipment is operational and adequate security personnel are in place, and that all security/safety rules and procedures are enforced.

Concert and Stage Production Inspections

Inspections of settings for concerts and similar productions generally consist of examining:

  • Visual inspection of rigging for all suspended (flown) equipment
  • “Follow spot” installations
  • Scaffolding
  • Stages
  • Temporary electrical
  • Ramps and stairs
  • Temporary seating
  • Aisle widths, sufficient exits
  • Emergency lighting
  • General entertainer and crowd conduct

Temporary Bleacher Equipment (for all events)

  • Inspections
  • Construction
  • Code compliance
  • Proper aisle installation

Remote Parking Site Inspections

  • Surface Conditions
  • Lighting
  • Security

Compressed Gas Cylinder Inspections

  • Proper use, storage and transportation
  • General condition

Fire Protection Equipment Inspections

  • Proper certification and installation
  • General equipment condition
  • Adequate equipment availability
  • Proper signage

Walking Surface Inspections

  • General condition of aisles and walkways

General Exhibitor and Concessionaire Housekeeping and Material Storage Inspections

  • Proper storage of stock or materials
  • Proper aisle clearances
  • Proper storage of combustible material including refuse or debris