Connecticut Dept. of Consumer Protection

Dept. of Consumer Protection
Overview of Amusement Ride Regulation
Regulation Type: 
Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Inspection Program: 

Rides must be inspected annually by a state-approved engineer who certifies that the ride meets ASTM standards and is reasonably safe for public use. Annual inspection looks at disassembled ride for structural integrity and to ensure NDT requirements have been met. State officials inspect amusement parks annually, carnivals at each setup.

Investigative Authority: 

State inspectors investigate serious accidents.

Reporting Criteria: 

Accidents resulting in serious physical injury as defined in CT penal code must be reported within 4 hours. "Serious physical injury" means physical injury which creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health or serious loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ.

Patron Responsibility Law: 


Date of last update: 
September 16, 2008