Georgia Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner

Jurisdiction: 
Georgia
Agency: 
Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner
Overview
Unless otherwise indicated, "devices covered" includes mechanical rides at amusement parks, carnivals and fairs.
Devices Covered: 

Excludes inflatable amusement devices; mechanical bulls; climbing walls; human powered equipment or attractions (e.g., space balls, Orbitrons); paddle boats, water cycles, and all rental boats; playground equipment located at businesses (e.g., soft play areas); single or multi-passenger rides which are passenger operated or controlled, and may be electrically, mechanically, or manually powered, which do not normally require the supervision or services of an operator or attendant; and single waterslides and similar non-mechanical attractions at municipal, county, state or community operated swimming pools.

Inspection Program: 

State officials inspect rides annually, with additional spot-checks.

Investigative Authority: 

State officials have authority to investigate serious accidents.

Reporting Criteria: 

Any accident or incident involving damage to the ride or personal injury requiring medical treatment. Accidents involving fatalities or serious personal injury, or where further safe operation may be compromised, must be reported immediately. All other accidents and incidents must be reported within 30 days.

Patron Responsibility Law: 

Chapter 120-3-27-.04 (7) All ride patrons shall:
(a) Obey all posted signs, including but not limited to, warning signs, instruction signs, and directions signs, which are not inconsistent with these rules;
(b) Obey the instructions of ride attendants;
(c) Properly use all safety equipment provided;
(d) Act in a responsible manner while using an amusement ride, device or attraction;
(e) Refrain from acting in any manner that may cause or contribute to injury to self or others;
(f) Not participate or use an amusement ride, device or attraction while under the influence of alcohol or any intoxicating substance; and
(g) Be subject to any or all of the following penalties for violation of this Section A:
1. Removal from the ride, device or attraction and barred from returning that day;
2. Removal from the amusement owner’s property and barred from returning that day;
3. Subject to a civil penalty up to a maximum of $100 per infraction to be assessed in accordance with the civil penalty provisions of these rules.

All ride patrons, if the patron is a minor, the patron’s parent or guardian, shall report in writing to the amusement owner or his designee any injury sustained on an amusement ride prior to leaving the amusement owner’s premises , unless the ride patron (or parent or guardian) is unable to file the report because of the severity of the injuries, in which case the report shall be filed as soon as reasonably possible.

Special Conditions: 

Accident reports are not considered to be public records.

Date of last update: 
April 8, 2017