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Manitoba Overhauling Regulations for Amusement Rides

October 7, 2016 11:11 AM | News

Carnival Ferris WheelWINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is developing new safety standards and regulations surrounding amusement rides in the province.

The Office of the Fire Commissioner has proposed various changes and improvements to establish safety standards for zip lines and larger waterslides. The province is also looking at reviewing regulations for mechanical rides, ferris wheels, roller coasters, tilt-a-whirls, bumper boats and cars, go-karts, cable wakeboarding systems.

“Amusement park rides and similar entertainment should always be a safe and fun option for Manitobans,” said Growth, Enterprise and Trade Minister Cliff Cullen.

“When it comes to our safety, we need to look at continuing to modernize regulations and align our standards with other jurisdictions.”

The changes are part of a larger review being carried out under the new technical safety act, which will replace legislation governing six separate types of equipment including elevators, amusement rides, gas and oil burning equipment, electrical equipment, boilers and pressure vessels.

Industry representatives have been consulted about the overall changes and now the province seeks input from the public as it moves forward with the work of updating and improving the regulations that accompany the legislation.

Submissions can be emailed to firecomm@gov.mb.ca with ‘Technical Safety Review’ in the subject line, or mailed to Technical Safety Review, Office of the Fire Commissioner, 508-401 York Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3C 0P8.

The deadline for submissions is November 15.

— Staff