N.J. Admin. Code § 5:14A-4.13 - Accident, incident, or mechanical breakdown reporting

(a) Shut down and report: When an incident has occurred involving ejection from a ride, failure of a critical structural or mechanical component, or serious injury/illness that can be attributed to an amusement ride that is regulated by this chapter, the owner shall:
1. Shut down the ride and secure the area;
2. Evacuate riders and provide care for any injured persons;
3. Report the incident to the Department immediately by telephone at the telephone number provided for this purpose; and
4. Prepare an Incident Report form and send it to the Department by email within 24 hours of the incident.
i. The ride owner shall send a copy of this report to the ride manufacturer.
(b) Report within 24 hours: When any incident occurs involving any mechanical malfunction, or an emergency evacuation of the ride, the owner shall:
1. Report the incident to the Department within 24 hours of the incident by telephone or email;
2. Prepare a written incident report and send it to the Department by email within five days of the incident or by mail at PO Box 808, Trenton, NJ 08625 postmarked within five days of the incident. The written incident report shall be on a form designed by the Department and shall include a description of any planned corrective action and a time frame for its completion; and
3. Repair the ride according to the manufacturer's instructions, if necessary, and submit a written report to the Department indicating the actions taken.
4. Rider removal due to an area-wide power failure, or at the request of rider, or due to rider misbehavior, shall not be considered evacuation for the purposes of this subsection.
(c) Record: When any incident occurs that is not covered by (a) or (b) above involving any type of ride-related minor injury or illness or complaint that was observed by the owner or operator or reported to the owner or operator by the rider, the owner shall keep a record of such incident, including pertinent information, in a form that is easy to access and read and that is readily available for inspection by the Department.
1. The information shall include at least the following:
i. The name and address of the injured party;
ii. The age and sex of the injured party;
iii. A brief description of the injury;
iv. The ride on which injury occurred;
v. The time, date and weather conditions when the incident occurred; and
vi. A description of the incident.


N.J. Admin. Code § 5:14A-4.13
Amended by 50 N.J.R. 299(a), effective 1/16/2018 Amended by 53 N.J.R. 1779(a), effective 10/18/2021

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