Reinspections of Temporary Amusement Rides

Labor Code section 7906 requires and authorizes Cal/OSHA to inspect temporary amusement rides as follows:

All amusement rides shall be inspected before they are originally put into operation for the public’s use and thereafter at least once every year, unless authorized to operate on a temporary permit. Amusement rides may also be inspected each time they are disassembled and reassembled.

Factors that Cal/OSHA may consider in deciding which rides to reinspect include, but are not necessarily limited to, the following:

  • One or more accidents involving rides of the same type or design
  • Safety issues with rides of a similar model or design
  • Disproportionately high number of accidents compared to other rides of similar type and design
  • Issuance of a safety bulletin, alert, or notification concerning the particular type of ride
  • Receipt of a complaint that one of the safety systems, safety procedures, or structural components of a ride is unsafe, or that a particular practice associated with a ride is unsafe
  • Deficiencies observed during previous Cal/OSHA inspections, regardless of whether the deficiencies were corrected prior to an annual permit issued
  • Prior issuance of requirements by Cal/OSHA to correct inadequate maintenance or improper assembly of the ride
  • Possible fraudulent itinerary for the ride submitted to Cal/OSHA
  • Possible fraudulent Permit to Operate being used on the ride

May 2018