Industrial Safety and Health FAQs

The Kansas Department of Labor Industrial Safety and Health Division (ISH) is responsible for identifying safety hazards and helping Kansas businesses and public sector entities eliminate unsafe practices. The division promotes programs throughout the state designed to help Kansas workers avoid on-the-job injuries and provide a safe working environment.

What is an Amusement Ride?

Per Kansas Statute, an amusement ride is defined as:

    1. "Amusement ride" means any mechanical or electrical device that carries or conveys passengers along, around or over a fixed or restricted route or course or within a defined area for the purpose of giving its passengers amusement, pleasure, thrills or excitement, including, but not be limited to:
      1. Rides commonly known as Ferris wheels, carousels, parachute towers, bungee jumping, reverse bungee jumping, tunnels of love, roller coasters, boat rides, water slides, inflatable devices, commercial zip lines, trampoline courts and go-karts;
      2. Equipment generally associated with winter activities, such as ski lifts, ski tows, J-bars, T-bars, chair lifts and aerial tramways; and
      3. Equipment not originally designed to be used as an amusement ride, such as cranes or other lifting devices, when used as part of an amusement ride.
    2. "Amusement ride" does not include:
      1. Games, concessions and associated structures;
      2. Any single passenger coin-operated ride that: (i) Is manually, mechanically or electrically operated; (ii) is customarily placed in a public location; and (iii) does not normally require the supervision or services of an operator;
      3. Nonmechanized playground equipment, including, but not limited to, swings, seesaws, stationary spring-mounted animal features, rider-propelled merry-gorounds, climbers, slides and physical fitness devices;
      4. Antique amusement rides;
      5. Limited-use amusement rides;
      6. Registered agritourism activities;
      7. Any ride commonly known as a hayrack ride in which patrons sit in a wagon or cart that is then pulled by horses or a tractor or other motor vehicle;
      8. Any ride commonly known as a barrel train, which has a series of handmade cars fashioned from barrels that are connected and pulled by a tractor or other motor vehicle; or
      9. Any amusement ride owned by an individual and operated solely within a single county for strictly private use.

    If you have further questions, submit your question with a photo, if possible, and a detailed description to KDOL.Amusements@ks.gov