According to an article by a Canadian newspaper The Citizen 100 a British Columbia man is suing two different businesses over a “avulsion” finger injury he claims to have received while riding a mechanical bull an event by L.A. Promotions and Tent Rentals at its Family Fun Centre. Both the event promoter & the property owner are being sued. The man is suing for “past and future loss of income and future earning capacity among other types of damage.” (The Citizen 100)
There are two things to get out of this story. The first is something that we always tell are event planners & special event promoters. When someone is injured at an event they will often times not only sue the owner of the device they were hurt on, but also event planners, the venue, rental companies, manufacturers of devices & any one else they can find potentially responsible. This is why it is important to have liability insurance…can you afford to pay for legal costs to defend your business & the possible damages you may have to pay out?
The second thing that we would like to mention is that this type of finger injury IS possible on a mechanical bull. We have actually had a claim come in where the participants finger was actually pulled off because he had his finger looped in the rope when he was bucked off of the bull. The claim was closed with $50,799 paid out. Does that sound like something you can afford?
Galaxy Bulls recently wrote an article titled: “The Cheapest Mechanical Bull Is Not Always The Most Cost Effective Purchase“. While you may say that this article may be biased because of the fact that Galaxy is a manufacturer this article does ring true.
Galaxy noted the following reasons for why a cheaper Mechanical Bull will end up costing you more in the long run: Continue reading “Cheaper Mechanical Bulls can cost you more in the end”
Mechanical Bulls can be very safe but they can also be very dangerous depending on if you are following safety tips properly. Here are some mechanical bull safety tips that can help you make sure that riders stay safe on your mechanical bull.
1) Make sure that the bull is operated by an attendant that understands how to safely operate the bull and knows the rider restrictions. Younger children can safely ride the bull as long as the operator knows how to control the movement to keep the bull from bucking the child violently.
2) Make sure that the inflatable padding surrounding the bull does not have any gaps in which the rider could fall and injure themselves. It is especially important to make sure that the support beams of the mechanical bull are properly covered.
3) You should never let intoxicated persons ride the bull.
4) Never let more than one person ride the mechanical bull at one time. If a child is not big enough to ride the bull by themselves they should not be riding the bull at all, even with a parent.
5) Make sure that cords are properly covered or secured down so that no one can trip and make sure that you have the bull plugged into the correct type of outlet.
6) Regularly inspect your bull for damage or malfunction.
7) Make sure that the area surrounding the bull setup is free of objects that could harm the rider in case they are thrown of the inflatable padding.
8) Your bull should not have any sharp horns and the head should be soft.
These safety tips can drastically reduce the risk of accidents on your mechanical bull. However, even with the strictest safety accidents can happen. That is why it is important to make sure that your equipment is properly insured. Find out more about our mechanical bull insurance.