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Department of Labor

Safety Inspections of Amusement Rides

The New York State Department of Labor (DOL) inspects rides at every amusement park and traveling show located outside of New York City. All amusement rides are inspected on or before the scheduled start date of an event. Only those devices deemed safe are allowed to operate. Inspections are ongoing, and there can be a lag between the date of the inspection and the date the inspection results are posted online. Inspection results for each individual device will be posted within one week of the event start date. If an event does not appear on the DOL list, please report it immediately.

All amusement rides that pass inspection and are safe to ride will have a DOL inspection tag that is visible at the ride’s point of entry. If you do not see the tag, please ask the operator to show it to you. You can view a video to see what DOL inspects on amusement devices.

For more information, see the Frequently Asked Questions, and visit the Ride Safe NY website to review safety tips for parents and children.

View Amusement Ride Inspections

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where can I read more about safety tips for amusement parks?
A: Visit RideSafeNY.com to review the safety tips for parents and children.

Q: What about New York City?
A: Events in the five counties of New York City – Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, and Richmond – are inspected by the New York City Department of Buildings. The New York City Department of Consumer Affairs also has an Instant License Check database.

Q: What else can I learn about each event that is listed?
A: The Amusement Parks and Event Inspection & Violations page provides more details about each event, including:

  • Companies that operate rides at each event
  • Rides that each of those companies own
  • Violations that DOL has issued to each company so far this year
  • Violations that DOL has issued to each ride this year

Q: What do these violations mean?
A: The violations identify issues that DOL inspectors found and ordered to be fixed. The fact that a ride has been cited for a violation does not mean that it is unsafe. The DOL takes unsafe rides out of service. Violations are issued during the course of DOL inspections and operators often correct violations before DOL inspectors leave the site. Violations remain listed in the database even after the owner corrects them.

Q: Where can I find past years' data?
A: Request past years' data

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