Connecticut Dept. of Consumer Protection

Dept. of Consumer Protection
Unless otherwise indicated, "devices covered" includes mechanical rides at amusement parks, carnivals and fairs.
Devices Covered: 

Covers inflatable amusement devices operated at public events, but not those leased for private residential use.

Inspection Program: 

Rides/devices must be inspected at least annually, and as often as the Commissioner directs. The Commissioner approves qualified inspectors or civil engineers familiar with amusement rides/devices. Inspectors shall be certified by a nationally recognized professional or trade association (e.g., NAARSO).

Investigative Authority: 

The Department of Consumer Protection (DCP) is the regulatory authority, but the Department of Emergency Services and Public Protection (DESPP), Division of State Police, Fire and Explosion Investigation Unit, conducts inspections and investigations pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement executed in 2011 with DCP as a result of certain state agency reorganizations.

Reporting Criteria: 

Accidents resulting in serious physical injury as defined in CT penal code must be reported within 4 hours. "Serious physical injury" means physical injury which creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes serious disfigurement, serious impairment of health or serious loss or impairment of the function of any bodily organ.

Patron Responsibility Law: 

Sec. 29-136a. Patron safety regulations. Detainment of patrons. Owner responsibility.
(a) A patron of an amusement, as defined in section 29-133, or of a public amusement park, as described in section 29-129, shall obey the patron safety regulations adopted by the Commissioner of Consumer Protection pursuant to subsection (e) of section 29-136.
(b) A security guard or law enforcement officer may detain a patron of an amusement for a reasonable time for the purpose of summoning a police officer to the premises of such amusement if such guard or officer has reasonable cause to believe that the patron has violated the patron safety regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (e) of section 29-136.
(c) Nothing in this section shall be construed as limiting or otherwise affecting the liability of the owner of an amusement or relieving the owner’s responsibility to provide reasonable supervision of patrons.

Sec. 29-136
(c) The owner of an amusement ride or device shall display signs, in accordance with the patron safety regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (e) of this section, on which is written, at a minimum, the following statement, in letters at least two inches in height: “State law requires patrons to obey all posted signs, warnings and instructions and to behave in a manner that will not cause or contribute to the injury of themselves or others. Injured patrons or their adult guardians must report all injuries to management before leaving. Disorderly conduct is punishable by up to a five-hundred-dollar fine and up to three months imprisonment.”. Such signs shall be posted in accordance with the patron safety regulations adopted by the commissioner pursuant to subsection (e) of this section and at any station for reporting an injury, any first aid station and either (1) the entrance or exit to or from the premises designated for patrons, or (2) any area or structure where patrons may purchase admission or receive authorization to use an amusement ride or device.
(e) The commissioner shall adopt regulations in accordance with the provisions of chapter 54 to carry out the provisions of this section.

Date of last update: 
April 7, 2017