Minnesota Dept. of Labor and Industry

State: 
Minnesota
Jurisdiction: 
Minnesota
Agency: 
Dept. of Labor and Industry
Overview of Amusement Ride Regulation
Regulation Type: 
State regulations cede most regulatory functions to industry
Inspection Program: 

Ride machinery inspected annually by a certified inspector designated by the ride owner's insurance company or the ride owner. Inspection reports are submitted by the 3rd party inspector to the ride owner and are not public record. In addition to the insurance inspection, Minnesota also conducts an electrical inspection on portable rides (comprehensive inspection before season begins plus cursory inspection at each setup during the season). State inspection requirement is limited to machinery; inspection of operational competence is not required.

Investigative Authority: 

Serious accidents must be investigated by the state Commissioner of Labor and Industry or local law enforcement. Investigators are not required to have experience or training related to amusement ride machinery and operations.

Reporting Criteria: 

Starting in 2008, serious injuries must be reported to the state Commissioner of Labor and Industry and the local law enforcement agency.

Patron Responsibility Law: 

A ride operator, owner, the State Agricultural Society, a sponsor, lessor, landowner, or other person who has contracted for the amusement ride to be offered to any riders may impose and enforce reasonable safety rules regarding the behavior of riders. An operator, owner, the State Agricultural Society, a sponsor, lessor, landowner, or other person who has contracted for the amusement ride to be offered to any riders, or its agents, may prohibit a person from riding a ride or may remove a rider from a ride for violations of those rules.

Special Conditions: 

The state does not directly monitor ride safety, only compliance with insurance requirement.

Date of last update: 
September 16, 2008