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(a) In this chapter, unless the context requires otherwise,
(1) "amusement ride"
(A) means a mechanical device, aquatic device, or combination of devices, if safety of the patrons, employees, and the public are within the department's jurisdiction, that carries or conveys passengers on, along, around, over, or through a fixed or restricted course or within a defined area for the purpose of giving its passengers amusement, pleasure, or excitement;
(B) includes carnival rides, fair rides, water park facilities, bumper boats, go carts, or other commercial activities, of either a permanent or temporary nature;
(2) "attendant" means a person who acts as an engine or motor operator, a person stationed at a dispatch, loading, or unloading area, or other person whose duties pertain specifically to the mechanical operation of a device;
(3) "automatic restart" means a mechanism designed to restart equipment without human intervention;
(4) "buffer zone" means a clear area designed to cushion against shock;
(5) "commissioner" means the commissioner of the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development;
(6) "department" means the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development;
(7) "director" means the director of the division of labor standards and safety in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development;
(8) "disassembly" means the dismantling of equipment to the extent that concealed shafts, bearings, or struts may be visually examined;
(9) "division" means the division of labor standards and safety in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development;
(10) "enclosure" means a visible barrier surrounding an amusement ride;
(11) "equipment" includes all types of amusement rides and tramways, as well as the machinery, safeguards, and protective facilities used in conjunction with the operation and maintenance of amusement rides and tramways;
(12) "modification" means a change in the original manufacturer's engineering, design, or installation requirements;
(13) "portable tramway" means a tramway that, by design, is movable to a new location without installation of permanent apparatus such as poles, towers, and anchors;
(14) "safety gate" means a device that, due to the passenger's weight or contact, will automatically stop a tramway;
(15) "tramway" means a device that is a passenger tramway, aerial or surface lift, ski lift, or rope tow;
(16) "tramway specialist" means a person authorized in writing by the department to inspect and review the installation, maintenance, or operation of a tramway;
(17) "independent testing laboratory" means a laboratory that is not affiliated with an owner or operator, the worker performing the welding, or the worker's employer;
(18) "NAARSO" means the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials;
(19) "present danger" means a danger that is near at hand, related to the present time, or as likely to happen within a period of immediate time as distinguished from a future time;
(20) "speed slide" means a water slide designed for an exit speed of 25 miles per hour or more;
(21) "water slide"
(A) means an amusement ride utilizing a straight or twisting slide
(i) along which a continuous stream of water passes;
(ii) on which patrons rapidly slide down independently or riding on a sled, mat or inflatable device; and
(iii) that empties into a pool of water or a run-out;
(B) includes the receiving pool of water and the run-out described in (A)(iii) of this paragraph; and
(C) does not include a slide with less than a 10-foot vertical drop from the launch platform to the water surface;
(22) "working day" means a day other than Saturday, Sunday, or a state holiday.
(b) In this chapter and in AS 05.20, unless the context requires otherwise,
(1) "inspector" means a person employed by the department to inspect and review the installation, maintenance, or operation of a tramway or amusement ride;
(2) "operator" means a person or persons who lease or otherwise control the operation of an amusement ride, amusement park, carnival, or tramway;
(3) "owner" means a person or persons who own or have financial interest in the operation of an amusement ride, amusement park, carnival, or tramway.
History: Eff. 11/30/89, Register 112; am 6/15/2001, Register 158; am 9/25/2002, Register 163
Authority: AS 05.20.070
Editor's note: As of Register 151 (October 1999), the regulations attorney made technical revisions under AS 44.62.125 (b)(6) to reflect the name change of the Department of Labor to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development made by ch. 58, SLA 1999 and the corresponding title change of the commissioner of labor.
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