Accidents Involving Burqas a Concern for Carnival Workers

MEAACoffs Harbour carnival workers have raised concerns regarding religious headscarves becoming caught in rides causing injury.

The Media Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA) has said that all carnival rides need to be safe for both workers and the public.

Malcolm Tulloch from the MEAA said that there has not been an increase in incidents involving burqas but that risk assessments need to be completed and control measures need to be implemented to ensure rides are safe for every one.

He said that the responsibility is with the carnival operators to make sure that rides are safe for people that use them when wearing a burqa, he acknowledged that it is a sensitive issue.

In Port Stephens last month a business was fined following an incident where a woman was strangled after her burqa became caught in a go-kart.

Mr Tulloch said that there is no intention to single anyone out regardless of any clothing that is or isn’t worn and the overarching concern is to ensure that rides are safe for everyone and that appropriate engineering controls are in place.

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