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he risks associated with amusement rides are well known and parks take extraordinary steps to ensure their rides are safe: extensive operator and g, daily inspections, maintenance protocols, diligent record- ut other aspects of the guest experience? Games and other

Granted, the majority of games pose little to no risk of in ur – so it’s easy to understand that they are not at the forefront of park management’s mind when safety is the topic. However, some games – such as your strength’) game or

‘sharpshooter’ games utilising the classic strongman (or ‘test

air guns, for example – can involve risk of injury to a guest and should be maintained and operated in much the same ways as a ride.

For instance, the strongman game and mallets should be inspected on a regu manufacturer’s manual.

a mallet bounce-back? They can, and do, happen. Discard mallets and guns that are worn and replace them with equipment directly from the game

manufacturer.Make sure mallet heads are secure and air guns are not ‘jamming’ and are free of debris. As importantly,

y, inspections thoroughly documented inspections. Games should be tested for proper

operation daily before being opened and, again, this should b de ocumented. Document repairs made to the game. Although the repairs may be entirely unrelated to safety (i.e., replacement of a light bulb), the fact that you document all repairs will go a long way to evidencing that you inspect, maintain, and repair the game regularly.While it may initially seem funny if a mallet bounces back and strikes the player, the humour is quickly gone when he files a lawsuit and claims a traumatic brain injury as a result of the impact of the mallet to his head. Similarly, air gun that somehow ‘jams’ and results in an accident is no laughing matter. Ensure that games involving mallets, items being thrown, and guns of any kind have restricted access to the play area so bystanders are not also at risk of injury. Likewise, the training of game attendants should be performed regularly and follow

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non-ride attractions can pose risks to guests but usually get relatively little attention. With regard to games of skill in particular, risks are often not considered. j y

a written protocol. Document the training of game attendants just as you do the training of ride operators and attendants.Maintain that training documentation for the same time period as you do other training documents.Make sure the rules for the game – including what is expected of the game attendant – are available at each game.

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Signage at games is just as important as it is at rides. Post the game rules and For instance, if only one player is allowed in a fenced game area, that learly stated on highly visible signage. If a game attendant is supposed to hand the player the equipment to play the game, post that clearly so g grabbing equipment equipment) themselves. Finally,

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y, if you’ve discovered a potential danger in a game because an incident has occurred, contact the game manufacturer to discuss what occurred and ask it to try to determine what happened and develop a suggested warning or rule that can be posted at the game to reduce the risk of reoccurrence. Yo

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prefefer that the manufacturer decide what the risk is and develop the language of the warning or rule. But, either way, warnings and/or rules should be posted if you are aware that a particular type of accident can occur on one of your games.

In short, treat your games as you do your rides. If a guest is injured at your park, it will make no difference that it was while playing a game as opposed to riding

an attraction. The experience will be ruined for the guest and he may be severely injured the wsuit is just as costly to defend, and the risk of bad publicity and an adverse verdict is just as real.

HeatherM. Eichenbaum is an executive committee member with Spector Gadon & Rosen, PC, practicing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New Yo concentrates her practice in the defense of amusement,t, sports, hospitalityty recreation venues. Legal counsel to, and a BoardMember of,f, NAARSO, she is also a member of the NJAA, IAAPA, OABA, and IISF. or legal assistance regarding games inspections, training, signage, or developing signage, you can reach her at: +1 215-241-8856, or

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