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Amusement Ride Safety Fact Sheet
Amusement Ride Safety Fact Sheet
  • The Division of Amusement Ride Safety has eight full-time inspectors who regularly inspect more than 4,000 rides across the state, including theme parks, portable rides, aquatic amusement rides and inflatable rides.

 

  • Rides require an annual permit and initial inspection before operation. Re-inspections and/or supplemental inspections are performed at various times and locations across the state. 

 

  • A ride inspection ensures the ride is assembled, maintained and operated according to manufacturer's specifications. The Department's procedure includes: 
    • An observation as the ride is being assembled. 
    • A static inspection, which is performed on the equipment when it is not running to assure the piece has been assembled correctly and that safety restraints are in good condition. 
    • An operational inspection, which is performed while the rides are running to ensure the mechanical components were working in accordance with manufacturer's specifications.

 

  • The training of our inspectors is a critical strength of our program. The Department's inspectors: 
    • Undergo continuous training on all aspects of the program. 
    • New inspectors must undergo a minimum of one year training before going out on their own. 
    • Inspectors annual attend safety seminars sponsored by Amusement Industries Manufacturers and Suppliers and the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials. 
      • Training includes structural integrity, non-destructive testing, electrical safety, hydraulic systems, braking systems, vehicle harnesses and lap restraints, general signage and ride operations. 
      • Several inspectors are also certified instructors for these organizations. 

 

  • Certain parts of rides require proof of an annual non-destructive test performed by a third-party firm with experts who meet certain national standards. Non-destructive testing consists of analytical equipment and techniques that evaluate the materials, components and systems without causing damage. 

 

  • ODA personnel are actively engaged with national organizations in a continuous effort to refine and strengthen amusement ride safety design, manufacture and inspections standards and procedures.