Fatal Accident Spurs British Safety Rules


| March/April 1976



Because of an accident in which a boy was run over by a steam roller and killed at a rally in Great Britain last June, the National Traction Engine Club has stepped up its safety rules and enforcement.

The organization, which has about 50 affiliated clubs, has published the rules as part of its Code of Practice.

We were given a copy of the Code by Denis W. Brandt, Esq., 27 Tregunter Road, London, public relations officer for the NTEC, when we visited England in No vember.

Included in the provisions are directions for placement of barriers, spectator control, information and advice to be given engine owners, and notices to be posted.

The notice to be posted at a rally says:

'Traction engine movement can be dangerous. Admission to the rally field is on condition that any person or persons agree and undertake to absolve and hold harmless the promoters and organizers of the rally and every other person taking part in or connected with the management or conduct of the rally, from all liability for any injury to person or damage of property howsoever caused.'