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Amusement Devices



Technical Safety BC oversees the safety of amusement device installation and operation throughout British Columbia in accordance with the Safety Standards Act and the Elevating Devices Safety Regulation. The types of regulated amusement devices range from small waterslides and inflatable play equipment to larger rides such as roller coasters.



Key Statistics


incidents reported to us.


injuries reported to us.


physical assessments (inspections) completed.




In 2018 the number of amusement devices incidents reported to us increased. The category under assessment refers to incidents reported to Technical Safety BC, but which were still under investigation at year-end.

There was one major incident related to a passenger who reportedly had a seizure while riding an amusement ride.


The number of injuries reported to us increased over past years. This could be attributed to better reporting discipline by our clients. It's important to note that we receive injury reports and descriptions from operators or first responders at the time of, or immediately following, the incident. Injuries may develop after the initial reports were made to us and the long-term effects of a resultant injury may not be recorded as part of our investigation.

There was one injury rated major in 2018 which was attributed to an individual having a seizure while on an amusement ride. 

In this technology, injuries can be quite common, and are often attributed to user behaviour rather than technical equipment failure. 


In 2018, there were 61 installation / alteration permits related to Amusement Devices in 2018. There were 566 active operating permits. 


Technical Safety BC safety officers completed 405 physical assessments (inspections) of amusement devices in 2018. Those assessments are rated as follows:

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