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Amusement devices safety
Amusement devices safety

Data by technology: Amusement Devices

Amusement Devices

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

Incidents

In 2020, the number of incidents reported to Technical Safety BC decreased by 17 (65%). This decrease can be attributed to the number of amusement devices that were not in operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic and provincial health and safety guidelines.

Almost all incidents that did occur on amusement rides and devices can be linked to operator error, passenger error, or a combination of both. We continue our efforts to educate those operating outside of the safety system on the importance of obtaining necessary licences and permits so that we can work together to prevent incidents.

Amusement Device Incidents by Year (2016 - 2020)

To view a detailed breakdown of 2016 and 2017 data, see State of Safety 2019.

Injuries

The number of amusement device injuries decreased by 17 (74%) compared to 2019. This decrease can be attributed to the number of amusement devices that were not in operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amusement Device Injuries by Year (2016 - 2020)

To view a detailed breakdown of 2016 and 2017 data, see State of Safety 2019.

Permits

In 2020, there were nine installation permits and 374 operating permits in the Amusement Devices technology. Both installation and operation permits decreased by 89% and 37% respectively compared to 2019. The amusement device industry was hit hard by the pandemic resulting in this significant drop in the number of permits.

Amusement Device Permits by Year (2016 - 2020)

Assessments

Technical Safety BC safety officers completed 107 assessments in 2020 which represents a decrease of 75% compared to 2019. There were 56 in-person inspections and 51 remote inspections.

This decrease in the total number of inspections is related to the large number of rides that were not in operation in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Those rides or devices that did operate opened later in the season than normal. Ziplines and waterslide parks made up the majority of amusement rides or devices that were able to open in 2020.
 

Assessment Ratings

Pass The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s).
Conditional Pass The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to NOT comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s). Further regulated work may only be undertaken as directed on the certificate of inspection, while the identified non-compliances are being corrected.
Fail The safety officer has assessed that the regulated work and/or regulated product was found to NOT comply with the Safety Standards Act, regulations and/or applicable technical code(s). Further regulated work on the affected system or phase of work, and/or operation of the regulated equipment must not be undertaken until the identified non-compliances have been corrected.

Amusement Device In-Person Inspections in 2020

Amusement Device Remote Inspections in 2020

Emerging risks

The number of zipline operators is on the rise in British Columbia. As a result, the number of incidents relating to zipline braking has increased. We continue to research this issue by reaching out to operators and contractors to share safety knowledge about best industry practices.

Zipline safety education and awareness remains an important part of our safety mandate and will continue to be a main focus throughout 2021.