Albany, NY (May 24, 2010) -
At press conferences today at Martin's Fantasy Island in Grand Island and at Seabreeze Amusement Park in Rochester, New York, State Labor Commissioner Colleen Gardner described the Department of Labor's efforts to ensure amusement park safety. She reminded all New Yorkers that it is important to follow basic safety guidelines so they can safely enjoy rides at amusement parks and traveling carnivals.
"The upcoming Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Governor Paterson wants to encourage all New Yorkers and those visiting our great state to enjoy the holiday, but also to be safe at New York's wide variety of amusement parks, fairs and carnivals," said Commissioner Gardner. "We will do our part to ensure your safety by inspecting rides to make sure they are mechanically sound. We will also inspect rides while they are in use to make sure that ride operators are following proper procedures."
"But you - the consumer - have an important role in safety, too," the Commissioner added. "By following rules and regulations, and exercising common sense, you can help to make New York's warm-weather attractions fun and safe for everyone. I encourage all New Yorkers to visit our park safety web site at www.RideSafeNY.com."
The web site - http://www.ridesafeny.com/ - offers parents and children helpful tips on ride safety, along with a directory of amusement parks in New York State. The site also makes it simple to
e-mail the Department of Labor to report unsafe conditions.
The State Department of Labor enforces amusement ride safety throughout the state, except in New York City. Labor Department staff inspect all rides at stationary parks at least once a year, and they inspect rides at traveling carnivals or fairs every time the ride is set up in a new location. A ride cannot legally operate without a permit from the Labor Department.
Last year, the department inspected more than 1,400 venues and more than 11,700 amusement devices.
The Department of Labor offers consumers the following safety guidelines:
Parents with children: