New Hampshire Dept. of Safety

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

Includes inflatables, go-karts, alpine slides / mountain coasters, bungee rides, water slides, slides over 8 feet in height, amusement devices that require the user to wear a body harness.

Inspection Program: 

Annual inspections by state inspector plus follow-ups as needed.

Investigative Authority: 

The state investigates serious accidents to determine cause, such as: (1) patron error, (2) operator error, or (3) mechanical error.

Reporting Criteria: 

Owner/operator must report any accident where:
(1) A person dies as a result of a defect in the design of the ride, operator error, malfunction or the rider's fault;
(2) A serious injury occurs that indicates the safety of future users of the ride might be in jeopardy;
(3) A person's injury requires admission or outpatient treatment at a hospital; or
(4) Damage to the ride would affect the safety of the ride.

Patron Responsibility Law: 

Saf-C 1404.03 Operator and User Conduct. All persons operating, riding on, or otherwise using or viewing a carnival or amusement ride shall conduct themselves in a manner which will not endanger:
(a) Any other person operating, riding on, or otherwise using said carnival or amusement ride, or any other carnival or amusement ride;
(b) Themselves;
(c) Any employee of the owner or operator of the carnival or amusement ride; and/or
(d) The carnival or amusement ride.
Saf-C 1404.04 Operator's Authority.
(a) The physical operator of a carnival or amusement ride shall refuse admission to any carnival or amusement ride, or if admitted on a carnival or amusement ride shall remove, any person who is acting in a manner that might cause or contribute to the injury of himself or others.
(b) The reasons for said refusal or removal shall include, but not be limited to, all of the following conditions that interfere with public safety:
(1) Drunkenness;
(2) Drug abuse;
(3) Refusal to obey rules posted by the operator for the safe use of the carnival or amusement ride; and
(4) Behavior which interferes with the safe operation of a carnival or amusement ride.

Date of last update: 
April 10, 2017