West Virginia Division of Labor, Safety Section

State: 
West Virginia
Jurisdiction: 
West Virginia
Agency: 
Division of Labor, Safety Section
Overview of Amusement Ride Regulation
Regulation Type: 
Government officials investigate accidents, but do not inspect rides
Inspection Program: 

Rides are inspected annually by insurance company or 3rd party hired by ride owner. State employs one inspector who performs accident investigations, quality assurance checks, and inspections of rides operated by nonprofits.

Investigative Authority: 

The division shall investigate each fatality or accident and any safety-related complaint involving an amusement ride or amusement attraction in this state about which the division receives notice.

Reporting Criteria: 

An owner or operator of an amusement ride or attraction must notify the Division not later than twenty-four hours after any fatality or accident occurring as a result of the operation of the amusement ride or amusement attraction that results in a serious physical injury to any person requiring medical treatment or results in a loss of consciousness to any person.

Patron Responsibility Law: 

The owner or operator of an amusement ride or attraction may refuse any member of the public admission to a ride if his or her bearing or conduct could endanger himself or herself or others. These reasons include, but are not limited to: (1) Intoxication; (2) refusal to obey posted rules; (3) unacceptable or unsafe behavior as determined by the operator of the ride; and (4) violation of any age, height or weight restrictions as posted.

Date of last update: 
September 16, 2008