Rhode Island Building Commission

State: 
Rhode Island
Jurisdiction: 
Rhode Island
Agency: 
Building Commission
Overview of Amusement Ride Regulation
Regulation Type: 
Government officials inspect rides and investigate accidents
Inspection Program: 

Rides are inspected by owner-hired 3rd party inspectors annually. State officials inspect carnival rides at each setup, park rides at least once a year, sometimes more often.

Investigative Authority: 

State officials are authorized to investigate serious accidents.

Reporting Criteria: 

State law requires reporting of any injury resulting in overnight hospitalization for treatment or observation. State policy, stated in letter distributed to owners, says that ER-treated injuries should be reported as well. In addition, state law mandates reporting of any highway, setup, or tear-down accident involving impact on any ride component.

Patron Responsibility Law: 

No.

Special Conditions: 

Inflatables, hay rides, and pony rides are non-jurisdictional.

Date of last update: 
September 16, 2008