FEC Insurance Resource
Agency: Department of Transportation
Online Laws and Regulations:
Includes traditional amusement rides and ziplines. Excludes inflatables, water park attractions, challenge courses, obstacle courses, and hay rides.
Park or carnival staff must conduct daily ride inspections, with records maintained internally for at least 90 days. In addition, each ride must be inspected annually by a state-certified inspector, who may be an employee of the park or carnival. The inspector signs a statement certifying that the inspection took place.
None. Legislation does not provide funding or authority for trained government safety officials to investigate accidents.
(A) Applies to all regulated rides – Injuries that involve (1) failure or malfunction of the ride and (2) result in death; dismemberment; permanent loss of the use of a body organ, member, function or system; or compound fracture must be reported to the director of the Amusement Ride Safety Committee within 8 hours. (B) Additional requirements for portable rides only – Injuries involving a ride failure and resulting in immediate overnight hospitalization – even if the injury doesn’t meet the conditions in clause (A) – must be reported to the fair, show, landlord or property owner; and the ride may not re-open to the public until written permission has been obtained from the fair, show, landlord, property owner, or director of the Amusement Ride Safety Committee. NOTE: Accident reports are given “protected” status by the 2019 law, limiting the information available to the public.
September 11, 2019
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