Washington Dept. of Labor and Industries

This work product was gathered by Saferparks as a public service. It is believed accurate when published, but there are regular changes in this information. Last 50-state update: September 16, 2008
Agency Information


Regulation Type:

Government officials inspect rides, but not authorized to investigate accidents

Rides/devices regulated under this authority:

  • Rides at large theme parks
  • Rides at smaller parks
  • Rides at fairs and traveling carnivals
  • Inflatables at carnivals and parks
  • Inflatables - private rentals
  • Go-Karts
  • Bungees
  • Waterslides

Special Conditions:

Waterslides are regulated by the Washington State Dept. of Health.
Regulations Pertaining to Accidents

General categories of accident reporting required for regulated devices:

  • Severe injuries
  • Injuries treated by a physician
  • Injuries requiring on-site first aid
  • Major equipment damage

Reporting Criteria:

Ride operators must report to the department within 24 hours: 1) any incident or accident where evacuation of a ride results from an electrical or mechanical malfunction or when emergency personnel are needed to assist in the evacuation; and 2) any incident or accident involving personal injury that requires medical treatment, other than ordinary first aid.

Procedure/Authority for Investigating Accidents:

Following an accident, Department of L&I may suspend operation of the ride until it is re-inspected, but state regulations do not allow government officials to investigate the accident. The state does not produce an independent report, simply files whatever explanation the operator supplies.

Records Provided to Saferparks:

Log of reported accidents from 2003-2005. Click here to view records