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Safety Tips for Using Amusement Park Rides

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 | Permalink

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Your children ask if they can go on this really cool ride – a rollercoaster that whips you around at a very fast speed. Sure! you say. Your kids have to be “this tall,” the sign says. No problem. You’re all seated, then the motor starts and the ride begins. Up, up, and turn to the left… You begin to feel the rush of excitement – all the way down to your stomach. Everyone screams as the ride descends to the next dip in the tracks. Around you go, you’re pushed into the person sitting next to you…forced to lean to the right. People scream again, including you. The track levels off, but something doesn’t seem right. People are still screaming.

What’s going on? Your first thought is of your family, your children. You look for your kids – they’re crying. The ride comes to a stop at the gate. You step off and run toward the seats where your kids are sitting, and your heart sinks. On one turn during the ride, a child had got pushed up too far, and the lap belt didn’t protect him as it was designed to. The color red was everywhere. Your children reach for you, and you give them the tightest hug ever imagined. Your family was spared from harms way, but not from the impact this tragic accident has made on their lives…it’s something you will never, ever forget.

Accidents on amusement park rides have doubled in the past few years, and they continue to happen, way too often with devastating consequences.

According to data obtained from the CPSC (emergency room), New Jersey State, and the Anaheim Fire Department, young children are most injured on amusement park rides. But the actual number of injuries may be highly underestimated. “Injury rates may be under-reported”, said Congressman Markey (D-Mass) at a Congressional hearing in May, 2000. Why are there so many accidents? Why aren’t there stricter guidelines for checking amusement park rides? Doesn’t your family deserve to know that the ride they entrust their lives with, will keep them safe?

For one reason or another, accident data for large theme parks isn’t easy to secure. California’s one-year-old law has yet to take effect, and Florida’s theme parks, which account for 20% of all US amusement park business, are exempt from state regulatory laws. Why aren’t we allowed to know the actual number of injuries that have occurred on all amusement park rides? As responsible people, shouldn’t we be able to make an informed decision about something that involves something as precious as our lives? Are we as safe as we think we are? Unfortunately, we’re not. If there were programs in place to help make sure all rides were well-maintained, we’d be better off.

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If you follow these safety tips, you will help minimize your risk of injury due to carelessness:

General Safety Tips

  • Read posted rules carefully.
  • Keep all body parts (hands, arms, legs, long hair, etc.) inside ride at all times. Don’t be misled by amusement park advertisements that show riders happily violating this safety rule. Riders are hurt every year because they wave their hands or legs at the wrong moment. This kind of “do as we say, not as we do” approach to safety is particularly dangerous for young children, who learn by imitating and who cannot read the signs warning riders to keep hands, arms, and feet inside the car.
  • Always use the safety equipment provided (seat belt, shoulder harness, lap bar, chain, etc.).
  • Hold onto handrails, when provided. They’re part of the safety equipment, designed to keep you safely in place.
  • Remain in the ride until it comes to a final stop at the unloading point. If a ride stops temporarily, due to a breakdown or other reason, stay seated and wait for the ride to start up again or for an operator to give you further instructions.
  • Stop riding before you get excessively tired, to avoid accidents.
  • Never ride while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Don’t board a ride if you see obviously broken parts, signs of poor maintenance, or an inattentive operator. While most parks and carnivals pay close attention to ride safety, there are unfortunate exceptions – just as in any industry. Follow your instincts. If something about a ride seems out of whack, don’t ride it.

Safety Tips for Parents of Young Children

  • Be a cautious consumer when it comes to kiddie rides.
  • Amusement rides are no different than any other kind of product targeted at children. They offer benefits and risks. Use the same good judgement when picking amusement rides that you do when deciding which foods or TV shows or toys are safe for your kids. Just because an amusement park says it’s okay with them if your toddler rides alone on a kiddie train, that doesn’t mean he won’t fall off and hurt himself.
  • Don’t put children on rides they’re afraid of.
  • When a child gets scared, her first impulse is to get away from whatever frightened her. When preschoolers are asked what they should do if they get scared while a ride is moving, their universal answer is, “get off the ride”. Children are hurt every year doing exactly that.
  • Watch the ride with your child before boarding.
  • Read warning signs aloud.
  • Point out the operator and the loading/unloading locations.
  • Explain that rides sometimes stop temporarily, but that riders must never get off until the operator tells them to.
  • Talk about what to do if your child gets frightened while the ride is moving. Tell her NOT to get out of the car. Explain that amusement rides might seem scary, but they’re not dangerous as long as riders hold on tight, stay seated, and keep their hands and feet inside.
  • Tell children to hold on tightly with both hands. Solid metal lap bars and handholds are part of the safety equipment. Teach your children to use them. Many kids raised in the era of five-point car seat restraint systems don’t know that holding on is important.
  • Always use the safety equipment provided, but be aware of its limitations.
  • Ride manufacturers provide seatbelts, lap bars, and other safety equipment to reduce the risk of injury. However, many safety devices used on children’s amusement rides aren’t designed to keep young children in their seats.
  • Lap bars on Ferris Wheels and lap ropes on kiddie trains aren’t considered restraints at all. They’re designed as “psychological barriers”, an incentive to stay seated. Unfortunately parents understand psychology better than kids, so Mom sees a “restraint” and her clever child sees “a piece of metal to climb under”.
  • Solid metal lap bars only fit closely against the largest passenger in the car, often leaving young children with room to slide around. If a lap bar doesn’t fit closely, a fast-moving ride can cause a child to slip completely out from underneath the bar. Loose-fitting lap bars also allow young children to stand up on their own while a ride is moving.
  • Remember, there are no mandatory federal standards for the design of amusement rides. Amusement rides are neither childproof nor childsafe. Use good judgement when deciding whether your kids should ride.
  • Obey minimum height, age, and weight restrictions.
  • Never sneak children onto rides they’re too small or too young for. Ride manufacturers’ restrictions take into account the forces exerted by the ride and the intellectual maturity required to ride safely. A smaller/younger child may not be physically or developmentally able to stay safely seated.
  • Use the posted height and age limits as suggestions, not pass/fail criteria. Manufacturers base their guidelines on developmental timelines and height/weight ratios of children in the 50th percentile. Kids who are tall for their age may not be developmentally ready for a particular ride. Kids who are more impulsive than average need closer parental supervision.
  • Don’t put your child on a ride he’s outgrown. Maximum height and weight limits are just as important as minimum limits.
  • If you can’t count on your child to stay seated with hands and feet inside, don’t let him or her ride.
  • Watch all extremitites – including feet if the ride has open sides.
  • Excited children often stick hands, arms, feet or even their heads out the sides of amusement rides. Load children to the inside, if possible, or out the side closest to the ride operator.
  • Pay special attention as the ride slows to a stop. Children who are in a rush to be the first one off, or in a hurry to get to the next ride, may try to exit while the ride is still moving.

Use your best judgement

Park visitors may have no control over amusement park ride accidents due to mechanical reasons, but we do have control over which ones we allow our families to ride. Read through the above safety tips, and learn how you can help keep your family safe. Make an informed choice — if you see a ride that does not look safe, use your best judgement and just say no. The lives of your family are too precious to risk for even one day of fun.

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How to Buy Amusement Park Rides

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012 | Permalink

by Suzanne Burns | eHow.com

Used amusement park rides can be purchased through several online businesses. This is a major purchase with an uncertain return because the rides are used, possibly in varying states of disrepair, and an extreme liability if you operate the ride and an injury occurs.

Considerations

Purchasing an amusement park ride is best left to a serious collector who intends to display the ride as a museum piece. Then there is no risk of injury involved in operating or riding the ride. As of August 2010, cheaper rides start at around $50,000 to purchase. The price rises for large rides and carousels, which are more popular with collectors.

Inspection

Have any ride you are buying inspected and installed by a ride inspection specialist. Businesses that sell rides can put you in contact with legitimate inspectors. You will need training and a permit if you do decide to operate the ride.

Investment

Most amusement park ride dealers require a 10 percent to 20 percent down payment on the purchase of a ride. Inspections will vary in cost depending on the type of ride purchased. You can sometimes work with the seller to negotiate shipping fees, as the cost to ship an amusement park ride can be exorbitant.

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AMUSEMENT RIDE SAFETY AND G-FORCES

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 | Permalink

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G-forces refer to the force of gravity, and one G is equal to the normal pull of earth’s gravity on the body. Amusement ride designers have collected and studied relevant data on g-forces for years, subsequently applying this biodynamic knowledge to the design, manufacture and construction of rides. While technological advances have led to the development of faster and more thrilling rides, overall g-force levels have not dramatically changed in the past two to three decades because riders’ tolerance levels have not changed.

When discussing the effects of g-forces on a person who is on a ride, one must consider the duration of the g-force, as well as a multitude of other variables. When it comes to the higher–g sections of amusement rides, exposure often lasts fractions of a second. Therefore, the rider does not experience any adverse effects because the force is extremely brief. Blackouts and other health issues associated with Gs require exposure to g-forces which are either greater in magnitude or of much longer duration than those achieved by today’s amusement rides.

A study by Murray Allen, MD, Ian Weir-Jones, P. Eng, Ph.D., and several other doctors and engineers was published in the November 1994 edition of Spine. The study “found that in one event of daily activity, the vector acceleration of 10.4 g was experienced uneventfully.” We go through our everyday lives with our bodies exposed to far greater gravitational pull than that of any amusement park ride; we just don’t realize it, or even think about it.

Examples of everyday gravitational forces:

Sneeze 2.9
Cough 3.5
Crowd jostle 3.6
Slap on back 4.1
Hop off step 8.1
Plop down in chair 10.1

REALITY:

No fewer than five independent scientific reviews have comprehensively analyzed the issue of amusement ride g-forces, and all five have reached the same conclusion: the rotational accelerations experienced by the head during rides pose no risk of brain injury to the general populace.
We welcome this science-based work, in place of the random anecdotal accounts that had previously dominated the debate over this issue.
It is clear from this thorough analysis that a focus simply and strictly on the matter of g-forces or height or speed is wholly inadequate when discussing the physical experience of riding a roller coaster or any other ride.
Instead, the interaction between ride and rider is a complex one, yet these reviews have authoritatively demonstrated that the dynamic characteristics of that interaction are far below even the minimum levels associated with brain injury.
Amusement ride manufacturers have collected and studied relevant data on g-forces for years, subsequently applying this biodynamic knowledge to the design and construction of rides to make them as safe as possible.
While technological gains have led to the development of bigger rides, overall g-force levels have generally not changed that much in the past two or three decades because riders’ tolerance levels haven’t changed – people are the same today as they were in 1970.
Instead, the very technological and design improvements which have allowed for a more thrilling and faster ride have simultaneously helped produce an even safer ride in all aspects, including Gs.
Additionally, ASTM International has now incorporated g-force limits into its ride safety standards that guide the amusement industry. The ASTM process is the most appropriate one for the task, given the independent organization’s 30-plus-year history in developing this exacting set of standards in partnership with the industry, consumer groups, and government entities.
A key point to remember about this issue is that equally important to the magnitude of g-forces is their rate of onset and their duration, as well as a multitude of other variables. When it comes to the higher-g sections of amusement rides, exposure lasts but a few seconds at most, and often fractions of a second, so before a rider feels any adverse effect, the force is already past.
In marked contrast, blackouts and other health matters associated with Gs require exposure to g-forces which are either greater in magnitude or of much longer duration than those achieved by today’s rides.

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ROLLER COASTER LOOPHOLE SURVIVES COMMITTEE DEBATE, MARKEY SECURES HEARING FOR ISSUE

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 | Permalink

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – This afternoon, the House Energy and Commerce Committee voted against closing a dangerous safety loophole that places fixed-site amusement park rides outside the jurisdiction of the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) has introduced legislation every Congress since 1999 to restore CPSC’s authority over fixed-site rides and offered an amendment to that effect today during committee consideration of H.R. 4040, the Consumer Product Safety Modernization Act. Though his amendment failed by a vote of 10 in favor and 25 opposed, Rep. Markey secured a promise for the first-ever congressional hearing devoted to this subject.

“While I am disappointed by today’s vote, I am pleased that my colleagues have realized this issue warrants the attention of a congressional hearing. For too long, Congress has ignored the roller coaster loophole, preventing the CPSC from investigating accidents on thrill rides that hurtle children at speeds approaching 100 miles per hour.

“The CPSC lacks the authority to require park operators to share information about an accident with operators of the same ride in other states. This makes no sense whatsoever,” said Rep. Markey.

While the amusement park industry has fought hard against closing this loophole, yesterday Rep. Markey released a letter from a former senior executive in the amusement park industry who expressed support for Rep. Markey’s efforts to close the loophole.

Jim Prager, a former industry senior executive and board member of the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the trade association of the amusement park ride industry, was closely involved in the successful efforts to exempt fixed-site amusement rides from CPSC jurisdiction in 1981 and again in 1984. In his letter he stated that:

“Insurance programs mandated by states or maintained by the operating amusement park companies are often touted as assuring ride safety but many of these programs have gaping holes rendering the programs essentially meaningless. Some state licensing or inspection programs were created to serve not the public, but the industry, providing an illusory aura of safety.”

“The cost-cutting of the last 25 years has reduced the industry capacity for safety,” Mr. Prager added. “I now believe that I was wrong 25 years ago and that the industry should be regulated.”

“As a former industry executive involved in the successful effort to exempt fixed-site rides from CPSC authority in 1981 and again in 1984, Mr. Prager’s comments should be a clarion call to raise awareness about the need to close this dangerous loophole now. Until now, the industry line has been that federal oversight is not needed, but as Mr. Prager observes, self-regulation and a patchwork of state regulations are not enough to prevent tragic accidents from occurring,” Rep. Markey said.

The nation’s leading safety agency, the CPSC, oversees the safety of carnival (“mobile”) rides, but is prohibited from overseeing the safety of park (“fixed-site”) rides. Rep. Markey is seeking to ensure that the CPSC has the authority to investigate accidents, develop and enforce plans to correct defects and act as a national clearinghouse for accident and defect data.

Rep. Markey’s efforts have been endorsed by Consumers Union, the Consumer Federation of America, the National SAFE KIDS Campaign, Saferparks.org, the U.S. Public Interest Research Group and Kids in Danger.

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Markey: Amusement Park Ride Safety Loophole Must Be Closed

Thursday, May 26th, 2011 | Permalink

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WASHINGTON – Representative Edward J. Markey (D-MA) today reiterated his call for Congress close a dangerous loophole in federal safety regulation of fixed-site theme park rides, as the Kentucky Department of Agriculture released the findings of its investigation into the June 2007 accident at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in which Kaitlyn Lasitter’s feet were severed due to a malfunction while she was riding the “Superman Tower of Power.”

“When it comes to amusement park safety, parents are the ones taken for a ride when they assume all rides are subject to the same safety regulations. The unfortunate truth is that the federal government is actually prevented from taking action to keep fixed-site rides safe, leaving a gigantic ‘regulatory black hole’ for park visitors, raising the risk of more serious injuries and even deaths aboard the rides,” said Rep. Markey.

“Tragic accidents like the one suffered by Kaitlyn Lasitter at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom deserve investigation by the federal consumer safety agency which can develop action plans to ensure that when an accident happens, additional safety measures are implemented at similar rides across the country. Instead, right now the Consumer Product Safety Commission lacks even the authority to require park operators to share information about an accident with operators of the same ride in other states. This makes no sense whatsoever.”

An existing loophole in federal law specifically prohibits the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), our nation’s leading safety agency, from overseeing the safety of amusement park rides (so-called “fixed-site” rides). Last year, Rep. Markey reintroduced the National Amusement Park Ride Safety Act, H.R. 2320, legislation that would close this loophole.

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Empire Industries Announces $9 Million Contract for Amusement Park Ride upgrade

Friday, April 8th, 2011 | Permalink

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WINNIPEG, March 17, 2011 – Empire Industries Ltd. (TSX-V: EIL) today announced that its Dynamic Structures business unit has been awarded a contract valued at approximately $9 million for the upgrade of track subsystems of a ride at a major North American amusement park. The contract, which includes design, engineering, fabrication, and assembly phases, will be executed through 2011 and 2012.

“Dynamic Structures is a world leader in this sort of work.” said David Halliday, President of the Dynamic Structures business unit. “It requires very specialized engineering expertise and high tolerance fabrication. There are very few companies in the world who can meet the strict quality control requirements that this work demands.”

Guy Nelson, Chief Executive Officer of Empire Industries, added “We are gratified to see that our commitment to this market is paying off. With this contract in hand, a healthy backlog, and a very strong bid book in the pipeline, we are optimistic that we are seeing the beginning of rapid growth in this highly specialized, global export market that Dynamic Structures is a leader in.”

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Used Amusement Park Equipment: How Much Should I Expect To Pay?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010 | Permalink

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With financial times being so hard on everybody no one is buying anything “brand-spankin’ new” these days. When it comes to Used Amusement Park Equipment shopping around is your best bet.

What should you expect to pay for different kinds of Used Amusement Park Equipment? Firstly, it depends on the equipment itself. Obviously, a boom truck will cost you more than a soda machine. Secondly, the brand and year of the equipment must be taken into consideration. Older equipment manufactured by some unknown company will cost less than newer equipment which has been manufactured by a recognized company. Shipping is another factor that must be taken into consideration. If the piece of Used Amusement Park Equipment you were searching for happens to be out of the USA, then you must consider maritime shipping expenses.

Transport Equipment
Trailers, trucks and boom trucks fall in the transport category of Used Amusement Park Equipment. A factor which affects the price of trailers and trucks, aside from the year and model, is the size. Another factor which influences the pricing of this Used Amusement Park Equipment will be whether it has been refurbished and when. Normally, older trucks which have been recently refurbished may cost you anywhere between $30 to $40 thousand dollars. For an older tractor with a generator expect to pay as low as $15 thousand dollars. Your basic transport trailer, depending on the age, size and condition, may cost you as low as $2 thousand.

Food Preparation/Sale Related Equipment
The pricing on this type of Used Amusement Park Equipment will depend on the complexity and number of functions, and model. Naturally, newer models will cost more than older ones and, a multi-purpose one such as a piece of equipment which will bake and fry will cost you more than a simple hot dog machine. For example, a Quik n’ Crispy machine (bakes, fries and grills using only hot air) with 208V/240V, EC Model will cost you approximately $3 thousand (before taxes) while the GE5 Model of same voltage will cost you approximately $6 thousand, before taxes.

Display Equipment
Equipment in this category not only includes displays of retail goods but, also self-serve foodstuff. Used Amusement Park Equipment of this nature may be bought directly from the seller but, also from brokers who at times also sell an assortment of equipment in bulk. Brokers also have numerous connections in the industry and may also assist you in finding a better deal than the one you found on your own. It is recommended that you check them out also to see if you can obtain a better deal.

Expect to pay approximately $90 (before taxes) for used wall shelving measuring 4 feet in length. Because Used Amusement Park Equipment dealing with foodstuffs involves refrigeration expect to pay anywhere from $1 to $2 thousand dollars.

Whether you are considering purchasing a trailer or a fryer first ensure that you check out its availability as Used Amusement Park Equipment either through a broker or directly from the seller. You will be saving yourself a substantial amount of money!

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Bronson Urges Caution On Fair Rides

Thursday, October 7th, 2010 | Permalink

September 29, 2010

TALLAHASSEE – Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson is urging consumers to heed safety rules on fair rides now that the fall fair season is approaching. The majority of fair ride accidents are caused by patron error and many injuries can be avoided by following the rules posted at the ride locations.

The Department’s Bureau of Fair Ride Inspections is responsible for inspecting amusement rides at temporary events (fairs, carnivals and festivals) and permanent amusement facilities (go-kart parks and water parks) for structural and operational integrity. All traveling amusement rides receive permits on an annual basis but in addition, each amusement ride must be inspected every time it is set up and must pass inspection prior to being open to the public. Rides at most permanent amusement facilities are inspected and permitted twice each year. Florida has about 211 permanent amusement parks and more than 167 traveling amusement companies. The Department’s 15 ride inspectors performed over 9,500 amusement ride inspections in Florida last year.

Statistics show that historically, reported accidents were the result of patron error about 92 % of the time. The remaining 8 % were attributable to mechanical or operational problems, or the cause was undetermined. In addition, since 1997, the number of rides that failed the Bureau’s first inspection has dropped from approximately 60% to about 44%. Bronson believes the ride owners and operators are doing a better job of assembling, inspecting and maintaining the rides as a result of the stringent inspection requirements and scrutiny of the Department’s inspection program.

“Florida has one of the strictest fair ride safety programs in the nation,” Bronson said. “Our inspectors work hard to ensure the rides are erected properly and the equipment is in good working order but riders also need to be responsible and follow the rules and regulations to prevent accidents.”

Ride patrons should always observe cautionary instructions and consider physical limitations when riding any amusement ride. They should also pay special attention to size or age restrictions for children to ride on certain rides.

Ride inspectors receive refresher training at least twice each year to keep up to date on the latest inspection techniques, manufacturers’ bulletins and safety alerts. Department inspectors utilize laptop computers in the field as a resource to verify ride information on expiration of permits and insurance and inspection history. They use a comprehensive 26 point checklist to inspect carnival rides from top to bottom to ensure maximum public safety.

Fairs in Florida traditionally kick off during the fall season, and Bronson says now is the time to educate the public about the need to follow the safety rules. For more information about fair ride inspections, log on to the Division of Standard’s website at www.doacs.state.fl.us/standard/fairs/

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AMUSEMENT RIDE REGULATONS – TEXAS

Thursday, October 7th, 2010 | Permalink

Current as of September 30, 2009

The Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) is the state’s administrator for the Amusement Ride Safety Inspection and Insurance Act, Occupations Code Chapter 2151. To legally operate in Texas, an amusement ride owner/operator must file with TDI an insurance policy with certain minimum limits for bodily injury for persons using the ride and an annual amusement ride safety inspection certificate. The inspection is performed by an approved inspector of the insurance company. Rides meeting the requirements will be issued a TDI Amusement Ride Compliance Sticker (similar to an automobile safety inspection sticker), which will indicate the expiration date of the inspection certificate. The sticker should be affixed to a major component of each ride in a location visible to the ride participants.

The amusement ride owner/operator is required to provide a photocopy of the inspection certificate and the required insurance policy to any sponsor, lessor, landowner or other person responsible for amusement rides publicly used.

An amusement ride inspection certificate indicates the ride has met the standards required by the manufacturer, insurer, or the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). Recognition by the Department that the amusement ride has satisfied these standards is not an endorsement by the Department or a statement regarding the safe operation of the amusement ride.

What’s considered as an amusement ride?

Most mobile carnival rides
Most theme park rides
Most water park rides and devices
Amusement rides also include, but are not limited to the following:
consession go-karts, rock climbing walls, bungee jumps, mechanical bulls, trackless trains, continuous air flow inflatable rides/devices and various simulators.

What’s not considered as an amusement ride?

Non-mechanized playground equipment
Physical fitness/training devices or obstacle/ropes course equipment
Public conveyance devices
Coin operated rides
Small rides or devices that do not require the supervision or service of an operator
Live animal rides
Motor Sports

What should the public look for at a carnival or amusement ride?

“Look for the Sticker” – A compliance sticker should be attached to each ride, List of Current Stickers.
“Look for the Sign” – A sign is required to inform the public how to report (on-site) an amusement ride that appears to be unsafe or to report an amusement ride operator that appears to be violating the law. The sign is to be posted at the principal entrance or at the ticket booths.
Look for posted height/weight restrictions for riders on certain rides.

Who’s in charge?

A municipal, county or state law enforcement official may enter and inspect without notice at any time to ensure public safety and may immediately prohibit operation of an amusement ride for non-compliance and/or unsafe operation.
If requested by law enforcement an amusement ride owner/operator must make available the following documents for each ride:
A copy of the insurance policy
A copy of the inspection certificate
A daily self inspection log (mobile rides only)
An offense for non-compliance is a Class B misdemeanor.

What’s available on amusement rides from TDI?

Insurance policies/certificates
Annual inspection certificates
Injury reports – filed quarterly by the amusement ride owner/operator
Governmental action reports (police, judicial or government action taken in law forum) – filed quarterly by the amusement ride owner/operator
Schedule of operating locations and dates for mobile operations
Check with TDI to see if an amusement ride owner/operator is in compliance.
To view a list of Amusement Ride Policy Information

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call the Texas Department of Insurance at 512-322-3435 or fax to 512-305-7425.

STATUTE
Occupation Code, Subtitle D. Other Amusements and Entertainment, Chapter 2151. Regulation of Amusement Rides, Subchapter A. General Provisions

ADMINISTRATIVE RULES
Texas Administrative Code, 28 TAC, Chapter Five, Subchapter J, Rules to Implement the Amusement Ride Safety Inspection and Insurance Act §5.9001 through 5.9014.

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XIII Russian Trade Show Amusement Rides and Entertainment Equipment RAAPA – 2011.

Sunday, September 26th, 2010 | Permalink

Organized by : Russian Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (RAAPA)

Supported by:

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), Trade Show International Company and also the Moscow Government.

1. Exhibition Theme:

Amusement rides: park and extreme ones;
Inflatables and inflatable constructions;
Water rides, equipment for water parks, swimming pools and beaches;
Equipment for kiddie and sports grounds;
Bowling, billiards and sport equipment;
3D/4D/5D/6D cinemas; simulators and amusement machines;
Entertainment equipment, interactive games, laser tags, shooting galleries;
Battery and pedal cars, go-carts and racing tracks;
Lighting, laser and acoustic equipment;
Parks, family entertainment centers, network operators of the entertainment equipment, associations;
Organization of active leisure, festivals, amusement and pyrotechnical shows,
Garden equipment, small architecture forms;
Access control equipment;
Vending machines, fast-food equipment in the parks;
Juke boxes and payment terminals;
Certification, diagnostics and maintenance of amusement rides and entertaining equipment;

Representatives of regions’ and cities’ administrations, directors of parks, water parks and family entertainment centers, resorts, leisure enterprises, businessmen and other parties of concern are invited to the Exhibition.

“Round tables” on the amusement industry development in Russia will take place in the framework of the exhibition.
On March 14-15, 2011 the XVI International conference “Entertainment business in Russia. Safety problems. Operation. Leisure organization. New formats ” will take place.

2. Exhibition Participation Terms:

Registration fee . Included:

accreditation of one representative of the company, entry in the catalogue (90 characters) in Russian and in English,
a copy of the catalogue, two badges for each 6 sq. m., invitation tickets, vehicle entry pass to VVTs territory during mounting and dismantling periods, invitation to the official opening reception, informational materials 250Є
Registration of the additional company representative 100 Є Cost of 1 sq. m. Fitted space (minimum – 6 sq.m) 250Є
Cost of 1 sq. m. Space only (minimum 10 sq.m) 210Є
Cost of 1 sq. m. Outdoor space (minimum 20 sq.m) 50Є
Indirect Participation fee (placement of promotional materials at the “Indirect Participation” booth; entry in the Exhibitor s Catalogue up to 90 characters, including contact details) 450Є
Placement of advertising materials in the Exhibitors’ Catalogue depending on the size 60-700Є

Attention! All baseline costs are given without VAT.

Extra payment is required for:

Corner booth location – 10% added to the baseline cost
Selection of booth location – 15% added to the baseline cost

A 10% discount will be provided for Exhibitors for the booking of more than 15 sq. m. fitted space

Minimal booth space:

– central location – 15sq m
– at the perimeter location – 6sq m

The fitted space will be provided to the exhibitor by not later than 24 hours before opening of the Exhibition, the space only – by not later than 48 hours.
The exhibitors will be supplied with the additional equipment and services (telephone, video tape recorder & TV set, interpreter, etc.) upon the separate exhibitor s request in accordance with the existing rates.

The hotel accommodation and the transfer from/to the airport can be reserved upon request.
For participation in the Exhibition, please, fill in the application form for participation (attached) and the contract (provided after receiving the application).

3. Payment and Registration:

The payment is performed according to the invoices issued in accordance with the application for participation during the period of three bank days since the moment of invoice issuing. A fine of 0,1% a day is imposed in case of payment delinquency for more than three days.
Exhibition area booking is performed only after the advance payment (50% from the total amount according to the Contract) . The deadline for the payment of the rest of the amount is February 12, 2011.

Deadlines:

Till February 12, 2011 – Sending by Exhibitors of the Information entry for the Exhibition Catalogue.
Till February 17, 2011 – Finalization of the Exhibitor’s booth layout, fitting, equipment and services.

4. Exhibition working hours:

March 16 – 18, 2011 – work of the exhibition
Exhibition working hours: March 16-17 – from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., March, 18 from 10 a.m. – to 4 p.m.

5. Mounting and dismantling order of exhibition exposition:

Mounting of the exposition and exhibits move-in March 16-17, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 7p.m.
March 18, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Dismantling March 19, 2011 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
March 20, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Pre-term dismantling and exhibits move-out are prohibited.

The Organizing Committee reserves the right to update terms and conditions of the Exhibition.

Russian Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (RAAPA) provides Post-Exhibition support to exhibitors’ production and recommends it to companies-buyers for organization of entertainment complexes, family entertainment centers, theme parks.

Оrganizing committee:

Аddress: Offices 307-310, Pavilion №69, VVTs, Pr-t Mira 119, Moscow, 129223
Tel./Fax: +7(499) 760-38-14; +7(495) 988-89-48 / 47
E-mail: raapa@raapa.ru show@raapa.ru
Website: www.raapa.ru

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