Attraction Safety

The Attraction Safety Team at Westlakes Engineering carry out in-service and pre-use checks on theme park attractions at some of the largest theme parks in the world including Blackpool Pleasure Beach, LEGOLAND and Universal Studios Singapore.


The team was originally formed in 1986 at the consulting engineers Allott and Lomax and has grown to become one of the world’s leading ride reviewing and inspection bodies. The team continued to grow and build its reputation through projects such as the Pepsi Max Big One at Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the London Eye. The team joined Westlakes Engineering in 2015, where they now operate out of the Manchester Office. Since joining Westlakes they have worked on many projects in the UK and internationally, travelling amongst other places to the USA, Japan, South Africa and Australia.


The Attraction Safety Department at Westlakes is:

Accredited by UKAS as a type ‘C’ registered inspection body in compliance with BS EN 17020:2012.

Registered with the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS) which operates in the UK.

Registered as a Qualified Surveyor under the Electrical and Mechanical Services Department (EMSD) in Hong Kong.

Registered as Conformity Assessors under the Building Construction Authority (BCA) in Singapore.

Able to provide approval and certification throughout the world to various suites of technical standards including EN, DIN, JIS, GB and ASTM.

The team provide a full range of services for clients including:

Attraction Safety Department has over 30 years’ experience in carrying out amusement ride inspections in accordance with various localised schemes throughout the world.

The majority of inspections are carried out to the Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme (ADIPS), which operates in the UK under the Health and Safety Guidance (HSG) 175, the principles of which can be applied throughout the world.

We provide expertise in all engineering disciplines; Mechanical, Structural, Electrical, Non-Destructive Testing, Control System, Hydraulic and Pneumatics. As part of Westlake’s inspections the team undertakes functional tests of attractions to ensure the safety critical aspects of their design continue to operate as intended.

The Attraction Safety Department undertakes inspections for major amusement park operators in countries around the world including;

  • -Merlin Entertainments (UK, USA, China, Japan, Finland, Belgium)
  • -Gold Reef City (South Africa)
  • -Resorts World Sentosa (Singapore)
  • -Nicco Parks (India)
  • -Ocean Park (Hong Kong)

The Attraction Safety Department provides certification of amusement devices to industry standards to fulfil Pre-Use Inspection and Conformity Assessment. Typically reviews are in three stages: a Design Review, Assessment of Conformity to Design and Initial Test.

Design Review is the process used to demonstrate that an attraction complies with legislation, regulations and standards; and is therefore considered safe to operate. Many countries around the world now require new rides to be subject to an independent review. The Attraction Safety Department has delivered independent Design Review services to clients operating attractions in the USA, Europe, Africa and Asia, and has developed a very good reputation through working with the certifying and licensing authorities around the world. The team were responsible for the Design Review of the world’s most famous observation wheel, The London Eye.

Assessment of Conformity to Design is a process where the ride or attraction is checked to ensure build quality compliance with a design that has been subject to Design Review. The Assessment of Conformity can be tailored to suit the particular requirements of the client and can include manufacturing audits and facilities inspections.

An Initial Test is undertaken once the ride is fully installed and commissioned and the purpose is to ensure that the ride functions as intended. This is usually made up of a number of different tests that measure and record performance rather than just a check of the ride function. A properly completed Initial Test will validate all of the ride safety control systems.

Project Example: Universal Studios Singapore;

The team acted in the role of Conformity Assessment Body for Universal Studios in Singapore. In this role, the assessment of conformity was completed in two discrete packages of work.  The first was a Manufacturing Audit, which included a visit to audit manufacture of the ride components and witness factory acceptance testing. The second was Testing and Inspection, which included a visual inspection of the attraction once installed and incorporated witnessing of the onsite commissioning by the manufacturer. The aim of this process is to ensure that the ride truly conforms to the design that has been reviewed.

The Attraction Safety Department uses its wealth of industry experience to assist amusement park operators and manufacturers in areas outside routine inspection.

The Attraction Safety Department acts as an independent 3rd party for our Clients to aid with the procurement of rides. Our due diligence and acquisition services can be tailored to a client’s needs or requirements and help to protect the client’s interests and finances when making purchases.

Westlakes has undertaken feasibility studies for theme park owners. These studies are generally undertaken when considering modifications to existing large attractions e.g. roller coasters. The study provides suggestions for new track layouts or design and assess the impact of the modifications on the existing attractions. Feasibility studies have been undertaken for clients that are considering installing new attractions.

Westlakes provide Technical Specification, Risk Assessment and Hazard & Operability (HAZOP) studies for modern high profile and bespoke projects. Our clients have found that a Technical Specification is invaluable as this ensures the client’s requirements are clearly defined and succinctly described to the vendors. The Risk Assessment & HAZOP is a formal process that ensures all safety related aspects of the attraction are identified. This will then propose solutions and features that must be incorporated into the final design.

The team has within it some of the most knowledgeable and experienced engineers in the amusement attraction industry. These engineers have suitable experience and credentials that allow them to act as expert witnesses in any litigation or legal proceedings that relate to this industry.


The team has developed specialised software, which can produce theoretical ride dynamic performance predictions for any ride or given track profile.

Thereafter using state-of the-art technology and sophisticated engineering solutions, the accelerations (g-forces) can be measured on the ride and compared to the theoretical results. The engineers use their expertise in this area of amusement attraction  engineering  to identify problems with track profiles and offer suitable engineering solutions to improve dynamic performance. In addition, the software can be used together with the team’s structural engineering expertise to undertake track design, and has been used in the development of rides such as Thunder Coaster (Tusenfryd, Norway) and Antelope (Gulliver’s World, UK).

Acceleration measurement is a useful tool in monitoring the ride dynamic performance as the ride ages; this is particularly useful on timber roller coasters. Dynamic performance measurement and analysis services can be incorporated into the Annual Inspections or as a stand-alone service.

Attraction Safety Projects

Orlando Eye Florida


Dreamland Margate

I360 Brighton