Code of Maryland Regulations
Title 09 - MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Subtitle 12 - DIVISION OF LABOR AND INDUSTRY
Chapter 09.12.62 - Amusement Attractions Erected Permanently or Temporarily at Carnivals, Fairs, and Amusement Parks
09.12.62.16 - Location and Operation

Universal Citation: MD Code Reg 09.12.62.16

09.12.62.16. Location and Operation

A. Assembly and Disassembly.

(1) The assembly and disassembly of an amusement attraction shall be performed:

(a) In accordance with the manufacturer's procedures and specifications;

(b) Using only manufacturer specified components, fasteners, and tools;

(c) Under the immediate supervision of a person experienced and trained in the proper procedures; and

(d) In a professional manner.

(2) The public shall be prevented from entering areas in which amusement attractions are being assembled or disassembled.

(3) Quality and Inspection of Parts.

(a) During assembly, parts shall be closely inspected to discover wear or damage.

(b) Excessively worn or damaged parts may not be used.

(c) Replacement parts shall comply with Regulation .18F of this chapter.

(d) Immediately after assembly, all fastening devices shall be inspected to ensure proper installation and compliance with the manufacturer's specifications.

B. Location.

(1) Layout of the amusement attraction shall be established to ensure:

(a) Continuous traffic patterns; and

(b) Accessibility of emergency personnel.

(2) Unless unavoidable, rope, wire rope, or braces used to support an amusement attraction may not be located in pedestrian traffic patterns. If this is unavoidable, the support devices shall be clearly marked with streamers or other devices to attract attention.

(3) The area surrounding the amusement attraction shall be clear of:

(a) Trees and shrubs, if they pose a hazard;

(b) Trash; and

(c) Other tripping hazards.

C. Foundation.

(1) Temporary and Permanent Amusement Attractions.

(a) A temporary or permanent amusement attraction shall be placed on a properly designed and constructed foundation or solid footing.

(b) Except as provided in ยง C(1)(c) of this regulation, loose cement blocks, bricks, or similar type blocks may not be used as footings to support an amusement attraction.

(c) Bricks or similar type blocks may be used on buildings for bumper cars and on platforms, cat walks, ramps, and stairs that do not bear the weight of the amusement attraction.

(d) An amusement attraction shall be:

(i) Set up in a manner to prevent shifting, tipping, or swaying; and

(ii) If required by the manufacturer, secured to the foundation or footings.

(e) Use of wood shim blocks shall be kept to a minimum, and, if used, the blocking shall be cribbed.

(2) Temporary Amusement Attractions.

(a) A daily inspection of an amusement attraction and its footings shall be performed while the amusement attraction is in motion as part of the daily inspection.

(b) Depressions in the ground near an amusement attraction's footings shall be filled and tamped.

(c) Adequate drainage shall be provided to prevent rain water from collecting and softening supporting areas.

D. Power Line Clearances.

(1) Power line clearances shall comply with the National Electrical Code, ANSI/NFPA #70, Article 525.5-2005.

(2) Amusement attractions may not be erected within 15 feet in any direction of overhead conductors operating at 600 volts or less.

(3) Amusement attractions may not be erected under or within 15 feet horizontally of conductors operating in excess of 600 volts.

E. Leveling and Alignment. Amusement attractions that are designed to operate on a perpendicular or horizontal axis or have a combination of orbiting planes shall be:

(1) Level, plumb, and secured to prevent the amusement attraction from shifting or tipping; and

(2) Stable under all operating conditions.

(Regulations .16E and F amended effective February 14, 1983 (10:3 Md. R. 209)
Regulations .16C amended effective August 26, 1985 (12:17 Md. R. 1705)
Regulation .16C amended effective June 15, 1987 (14:12 Md. R. 1349)
Regulation .16G adopted effective June 15, 1987 (14:12 Md. R. 1349)
Regulation .16H adopted effective June 15, 1987 (14:12 Md. R. 1349)
Regulations .16, repealed and new .16 adopted effective March 24, 2008 (35:6 Md. R. 697))
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