Illinois Department of Labor

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

Includes go-karts, haunted houses, mechanical bulls, climbing walls, dry slides > 20' high, alpine slides and toboggan slides, trams and motorized wagon rides, bungee jumps, inflatable devices used at public events, and obstacle courses.
Excludes laser/paint ball war games (non-inflatable), live animal rides, mazes, paddle boats, and trampolines.

Inspection Program: 

State officials inspect before the ride is initially put into operation in Illinois and at least once a year thereafter.

Investigative Authority: 

If a fatality is related to a major breakdown, the Department initiates an investigation within 24 hours of initial notification.

Reporting Criteria: 

Ride-related death or injury requiring medical treatment by a licensed physician.

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.

Special Conditions: 

Waterslides are regulated by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Date of last update: 
April 7, 2017