The Zamboni Company has had a consistently firm position against riders being on a resurfacer, other than the operator. The Zamboni ice resurfacer was designed and intended for use only as a special purpose machine and not as a recreational or promotional machine. The Zamboni Company’s warning labels, operating instructions, safety instructions and safety poster clearly state, “Do not permit riders on the Zamboni machine at any time” and “No Riders!” Any failure to adhere to the safety labels’ warnings, operating instructions and safety instructions must be considered a serious matter.
The Zamboni Company, joined by Ice Rink Industry groups would like to share their collective position regarding promotional activities such as “ice resurfacer school”, “driving class” and “resurfacer camp”.
Some of the reasons for Zamboni’s position in the regard, among others, are as follows:
- Proximity of dangerous moving parts and augers.
- Proximity to very hot hydraulic oil lines and tank.
- Uncertain protection against obstructions, slip-and-fall, etc.
- Distraction of the driver from his primary responsibility.
- Operator visibility.
- Risks of injury.
For these reasons, Zamboni does not approve of and will not be responsible for any injury, death or property damage that might result from any unapproved use or of any unauthorized modification of the machine that would permit a rider to be on the machine. In addition, be advised that all parties involved with the promotion of an additional rider or riders on a Zamboni ice resurfacer could be exposed to third party liability due to the general public’s exposure to such a promotion.
Be aware that the installation of a second seat raises other safety matters such as enhanced operator training, safety and warning instructions, additional operator responsibilities and the need for supplemental insurance coverage, etc.
Should you require additional information, please feel free to contact your Zamboni Authorized Distributor or The Zamboni Company directly.