Oklahoma Dept. of Labor

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

Includes inflatables; any amusement park device that uses treated water as the means of transportation, including the structure and water quality of the device.

Inspection Program: 

State inspects all amusement rides at permanent amusement parks annually. Portable rides are inspected every time they're moved. Additionally, state inspectors perform surveillance of amusement rides during the year to ensure that the rides are being operated in accordance with state law. Insurance inspectors must be licensed with the state annually. Shows that play more than 5 events in OK annually and have <= 25 rides on their midway may apply to use their own inspectors instead of the state's.

Investigative Authority: 

State has authority to investigate accidents.

Reporting Criteria: 

Ride-related death or injury requring medical care beyond on-site first aid must be reported to the state immediately.

Patron Responsibility Law: 

1. A rider shall:
a. obey the reasonable safety rules posted in accordance with law and oral instructions for an amusement ride issued by the owner or the employee of the owner, unless:
(1) the safety rules are contrary to law or rules, or
(2) the oral instructions are contrary to law or rules or the safety rules, and
b. refrain from acting in any manner that may cause or contribute to injuring the rider or others, including:
(1) exceeding the limits of ability of the rider,
(2) interfering with safe operation of the amusement ride,
(3) not engaging any safety devices that are provided,
(4) disconnecting or disabling a safety device except at the express instruction of the ride operator,
(5) altering or enhancing the intended speed, course, or direction of an amusement ride,
(6) using the controls of an amusement ride designed solely to be operated by the ride operator,
(7) extending arms and legs beyond the carrier or seating area except at the express direction of the ride operator,
(8) throwing, dropping, or expelling an object from or toward an amusement ride except as permitted by the ride operator,
(9) getting on or off an amusement ride except at the designated time and area, if any, at the direction of the ride operator or in an emergency, and
(10) not reasonably controlling the speed or direction of the person of the rider or an amusement ride that requires the rider to control or direct the person of the rider or a device;

Date of last update: 
April 9, 2017