NYSDOL Implements Comprehensive Inspection Process to Keep Fairs Fun and Safe
As fair season hits its peak in New York, the fun of fried dough and thrilling amusement park rides comes with an added layer of safety. The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) is taking substantial measures to ensure that fairgoers’ experiences are both enjoyable and secure.
The NYSDOL executes rigorous annual inspections of all rides at stationary parks, and for traveling carnivals and fairs, the inspections take place each time the rides are set up. All rides are required to have a permit for operation, providing an additional layer of safety regulation.
Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez emphasized the importance of safety awareness at such events, stating that a fun day can swiftly turn sour if safety procedures are neglected. The NYSDOL is ensuring a comprehensive inspection process to eliminate such risks.
NYSDOL’s Three-step Inspection Process:
- Each individual part and component of every ride are inspected for defects as they arrive at a fair or festival location.
- Following assembly, the rides are inspected again to ensure secure and correct assembly.
- The ride operators run the ride for a final round of inspection while operating. Their operating skills are also observed for correctness.
Following the inspection, a tag indicating pass or fail is attached to the ride for potential riders to see. While the rides’ maintenance is vital, fairgoers are also encouraged to follow posted rules for their safety.
Concerning figures from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reveal over 24,000 injuries caused by mobile amusement park rides in 2022, many of which could have been prevented by adhering to safety guidelines.
NYSDOL’s Safety Tips for Riders
From respecting rules about age, height, weight, and health restrictions to avoiding carrying loose items on rides, the NYSDOL has issued a comprehensive list of safety tips for riders. These also include instructions about proper seating, pacing oneself on high g-force rides, and promptly reporting any unsafe behavior or conditions.
Child Safety Measures
For children’s safety, parents are advised to ensure their children understand and follow safe behaviors, watch rides with their children before they get on, ensure children are seated safely, and have a plan in place if children get separated.
To review the amusement park ride inspections, visit Ride Safe NY. Through these robust safety measures and guidelines, NYSDOL aims to maintain the thrill of the fair while ensuring everyone returns home safe and sound.
What to Do if Injured in an Amusement Park Ride Accident
Amusement park injuries, although uncommon, can be severe and even life-threatening. If you or a loved one is involved in an amusement park ride accident, here’s a guide on what to do:
- Seek Immediate Medical Attention: This is the first and foremost step. Even if the injuries seem minor, it’s crucial to get checked out by a medical professional as some injuries may not manifest symptoms immediately. Always prioritize health over everything else.
- Report the Incident: Inform the amusement park management about the incident as soon as possible. This will prompt them to take immediate action to prevent any further accidents. Moreover, it initiates a record of the event, which will be useful in case of future legal proceedings.
- Document Everything: Take note of the details surrounding the incident – the name of the ride, the time of the accident, any visible damage or malfunction on the ride, etc. If possible, take photographs of the scene and of any visible injuries.
- Identify Witnesses: If there were people around who witnessed the accident, get their contact information. Their accounts may be helpful if you need to establish what happened.
- Keep Evidence: Hold onto any tickets or receipts for the amusement park or the particular ride. Also, preserve any medical records, bills, and any other related paperwork, as these could serve as evidence of the incident and the subsequent costs you’ve incurred.
- Do Not Sign Anything: The park’s management or their insurance company might attempt to get you to sign a document absolving them of responsibility, often in exchange for a quick settlement. Don’t sign anything without consulting an attorney.
- Consult with an Attorney: If you or a loved one has suffered a significant injury, it might be necessary to consult with an attorney who specializes in personal injury cases. They can guide you on whether you have a viable lawsuit and assist in navigating the complex legal process.
Remember, each case is unique, so these steps might not cover every situation. Always seek professional legal advice from one of our personal injury attorneys to understand your particular situation.
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