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§23-34.1-6  Amusement ride or device owner – Obligations. –

Published: 2015

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Health and Safety

CHAPTER 23-34.1

Amusement Ride Safety Act

SECTION 23-34.1-6

   § 23-34.1-6  Amusement ride or device owner

– Obligations. –

(a) If an amusement ride or device is materially rebuilt or so modified as to

change its original action, it shall be re-identified by a different name and a

different serial number.

   (b) Repairs will be carried out in accordance with the

manufacturer's instructions and shall utilize replacement parts which meet or

exceed original equipment specifications.

   (c) It shall be the responsibility of the amusement ride or

device owner to obtain all safety alert or maintenance bulletins and strictly

adhere to the manufacturer's requirements.

   (d) The owner must maintain an up-to-date ride file jacket.

   (e) All major alterations or other modifications must be

submitted in writing to the manufacturer or an approved engineer for review.

The manufacturer's or engineer's comments must be kept in the ride file jacket.

   (f) The assembly and disassembly of an amusement ride or

device shall be done by or under the immediate supervision of a person

experienced in the proper performance of such work in respect to the ride or


   (g) Parts shall be properly aligned and shall not be bent,

distorted, cut, omitted or otherwise deformed to force them into place. Parts

requiring lubrication shall be relubricated in the course of assembly.

Fastening and locking devices such as bolts, cap screws, cotter pins and lock

washers shall be installed where required. Nuts and lock nuts shall be firmly

set. Welding of parts upon which safe operation depends shall be done by

welders certified in accordance with the requirements of the American Welding

Society. Any work performed by a welder shall be noted in the ride record and

filed in the ride file jacket.

   (h) Tools and equipment used in the assembly or disassembly

of amusement rides or devices shall be of proper size and design to enable the

work to be done safely and properly.

   (i) Daily inspection of amusement rides or devices shall be

required prior to the ride or device carrying passengers. The inspection shall

be made by the owner or his or her agent. The inspection shall include the

operation of control devices, speed-limiting devices, brakes and other

equipment provided for safety (i.e. pins, bolts, keys, and other fasteners).

Prior to carrying passengers, the ride or device shall be operated for a

minimum of one complete operating cycle. A record of each inspection shall be

filed in the ride file jacket.

   (j) All power transmission devices and associated moving

parts shall be shielded, enclosed or barricaded to protect the public.

   (k) Hydraulic systems shall be checked for leaks, damaged

pipes and worn or deteriorated hoses. Only manufacturer approved hydraulic

fluid shall be used.

   (l) Pressure relief valves or devices, including, but not

limited to, compressed air and gas devices, shall be tested on a weekly basis

to insure that they operate properly.

   (m) All fabrics constituting part of an amusement ride or

device shall meet the requirements of the small-scale test contained in NFPA

701, Standard Methods of Fire Tests for Flame-Resistant Textiles and Films.

   (n) Storage and use of flammable liquids and gases shall

comply with the requirements of the regulations of the division concerning

flammable and combustible liquids.

   (o) In all locations where vehicles and persons may travel,

electrical cables shall be protected with conduit, planks or other approved

methods such as matting or trenching.

   (p) Each electrically operated amusement ride or device shall

be provided with a properly labeled disconnect power switch placed within reach

of the operator.

   (q) Safe and adequate means of access to and egress from

amusement rides or devices shall be provided. All passageways shall be free

from debris, obstructions, projections and other hazards. All surfaces shall be

such as to prevent slipping and tipping. The width of passageways shall not be

less than the width of exit doors or stairs to which they lead.

   (r) All amusement rides or devices shall be required to be

fenced for the protection of passengers, spectators and workers in compliance

with ASTM F-24 Committee guidelines.

   (s) Amusement rides and attractions are to be kept fifteen

(15) feet away from electrical lines as specified in the National Electric

Code, Section 525-12.

   (t) The interior and exterior parts of all passenger-carrying

amusement devices or amusement attractions with which a passenger may come in

contact shall be smooth and rounded and free from sharp, rough, or splintered

edges and corners, with no projecting studs, bolts, screws, or other

projections which might cause injury. Interior parts upon or against which a

passenger may be forcibly thrown by the action of the amusement device or

amusement attraction shall be adequately padded.

History of Section.

(P.L. 1997, ch. 79, § 2; P.L. 2002, ch. 317, § 1.)