Arkansas Dept. of Labor

Jurisdiction: 
Arkansas
Agency: 
Dept. of Labor
Overview
Unless otherwise indicated, "devices covered" includes mechanical rides at amusement parks, carnivals and fairs.
Devices Covered: 

Includes: bungee rides, go-karts, inflatable amusement devices, wave pools and water slides, and climbing walls.
Excludes: non-mechanized playground equipment (slides, trampolines) unless a fee is charged.

Inspection Program: 

Permanent rides, go-karts, climbing walls and inflatables are inspected by state officials twice a year. Most portable rides are inspected at every setup. Inflatable attractions, rock climbing walls, mechanical bulls, gyro device and trackless trains, and certain self-contained mobile playgrounds (no mechanical or electrical parts) are inspected every 6 months.

Investigative Authority: 

Accidents are investigated by Arkansas Dept. of Labor.

Reporting Criteria: 

Mechanical, electrical, or structural defects directly affecting patron safety for which the ride is closed to patron use for more than 3 hours must be reported to the state within 24 hours. Accidents involving death or serious injury requiring immediate in-patient hospitalization must be reported within 4 hours.

Patron Responsibility Law: 

Through reference to ASTM F770:
5. Patron Responsibility
5.1 There are inherent risks in the participation in or on any amusement ride, device, or attraction. Patrons of an amusement ride, device, or attraction, by participation, accept the risks inherent in such participation of which the ordinary prudent person is or should be aware. Patrons have a duty to exercise good judgment and act in a responsible manner while using the amusement ride, device, or attraction and to obey all oral or written warnings, or both, prior to or during participation, or both.
5.2 Patrons have a duty to not participate in or on any amusement ride, device, or attraction when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
5.3 Patrons have a duty to properly use all ride or device safety equipment provided.

Date of last update: 
April 8, 2017