North Carolina Dept. of Labor

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

Includes glasshouses, waterslides and walkthrough dark houses, go-karts, inflatables at carnivals and parks. Excludes devices operated on a river, lake or other natural body of water, wavepools, mechanical bulls, buildings or concourses used in laser games.

Inspection Program: 

Annually for fixed site and inflatables; at each setup for portable rides. Inspections are performed by state officials.

Investigative Authority: 

State inspectors are authorized to investigate serious accidents.

Reporting Criteria: 

Owner/operator must report within 24 hrs the following:
(1) Incident resulting in death or injury requiring medical treatment, other than first aid, by a physician. First aid means the one time treatment or observation of scratches, cuts not requiring stitches, burns, splinters and contusions or a diagnostic procedure, including examination and x-rays, which does not ordinarily require medical treatment even though provided by a physician or other licensed personnel; or
(2) Incident resulting in damage to the device indicating a substantial defect in design, mechanics, structure or equipment, affecting the future safe operation of the device. Does not include normal wear and tear.

Special Conditions: 

Waterslides are regulated by the North Carolina Division of Public Health.

Date of last update: 
April 9, 2017