Response to Sunday Mirror criticism of fairgrounds study:
"The Editor Sunday Mirror 1 Canada Square Canary Wharf London E14 5AP 13 August 2007
Dear Sir Your piece (Sunday Mirror, 12 August 2007, page 29) criticizes an HSE study of behaviour at fairgrounds. This study was conducted after 5 fatal accidents at fairgrounds in one year. A review of fairground safety showed that HSE needed more information about risks that ride passengers were taking. The results provide important information about human behaviour on rides. This will help industry design and operate rides more safely and supports HSE advice and enforcement. Fairground industry associations fully supported the project, as I expect would those of your readers who want their loved ones to enjoy the excitement of a fairground and walk away from it safe. Yours faithfully Geoffrey Podger"