Fair dos, I guess it depends on the showman.... Of course, most of us on this forum are perfectly capable of sorting our own restraints out!* But obviously, they should still be officialy checked.
*I try to make their lives easier when the ride stops, by unlocking my own restraint where possible. I always stick my arm out of Enterprise and unlock the cage long before the ride-op has got to our pod! They always seem shocked that some-one knows where the catch is! :P
Can I just also add there are more deaths/ride accidents at theme parks worldwide than at fairgrounds.
If you look through rideaccidents.com you will be hard pushed to find any actual death from fairgrounds, but pages and pages of deaths from roller coasters and park rides.
Also the majority of ride accidents which are on the fairground are caused by people messing around in the ride or not following safety announcements. This was outlined recently I remember by the chairman of BALPA, on a Radio program.
I'm sorry to say i don't do Fun Fairs :P I just don't trust something that packs up on the back of a lorry and drives to another location :P i like my rides and rollercoasters connected strongly deep into the group :P :P
Are rides get checked before they get packed away & when there build up they get checked & get check before we open