Colorado Division of Oil and Public Safety

Division of Oil and Public Safety
Unless otherwise indicated, "devices covered" includes mechanical rides at amusement parks, carnivals and fairs.
Devices Covered: 

Includes traditional amusement rides, bungee jumping, bungee trampolines, climbing walls in amusement settings, concession go-karts, bumper boats, gravity-propelled rides and devices, water slides, trampoline courts, ziplines, and aerial adventure courses.
Excludes mechanical bulls, slides, live animal rides, laser paintball games, inflatable amusement devices, and amusement devices operated at private events or infrequently by non-profits.

Inspection Program: 

Annual inspection by a third party inspector. The inspector files a Certificate of Inspection with the Division. The state can request to see the annual inspection report.

Investigative Authority: 

State has authority to investigate accidents.

Reporting Criteria: 

Owner/operator must notify the Division of any injury caused by a malfunction or failure of an amusement ride or device, or any injury caused by an operator or patron error which impairs the function of an amusement ride or device. Report by phone within 24 hrs; submit written report within 72 hrs.

Patron Responsibility Law: 

Potentially enforced through reference to ASTM F770:
5. Patron Responsibility
5.1 There are inherent risks in the participation in or on any amusement ride, device, or attraction. Patrons of an amusement ride, device, or attraction, by participation, accept the risks inherent in such participation of which the ordinary prudent person is or should be aware. Patrons have a duty to exercise good judgment and act in a responsible manner while using the amusement ride, device, or attraction and to obey all oral or written warnings, or both, prior to or during participation, or both.
5.2 Patrons have a duty to not participate in or on any amusement ride, device, or attraction when under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
5.3 Patrons have a duty to properly use all ride or device safety equipment provided.

Date of last update: 
April 8, 2017