Data Sources

Sources of Public Data Referenced by Saferparks

The graphs, charts, and trends published by Saferparks are drawn from two primary sources of ride-related accident/injury data:

  • Industry-Regulatory Reports - State regulatory agencies and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have provided public records of accidents involving amusement rides and devices regulated under their jurisdiction. Years covered, equipment types included, and level of detail provided vary by jurisdiction. These reports are ride/device-focused. In aggregate, they provide some insight into the ways in which patrons are hurt using amusement rides and attractions.
  • Hospital Data - CPSC samples data on ER-treated injuries related to consumer products through the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS). NEISS data is a probabilistic sampling used to estimate national injury rates. The medical data is patient-focused and can be useful in analyzing patterns of amusement ride and device-related injury and illness.

Explore Industry-Regulatory Reports

This section provides several ways to review the most recent Saferparks accident data (primarily years 2011-2016). The information is typically provided by the ride or device owner to a government regulatory agency, focused primarily on the device involved. Records may also describe the event sequence and/or patron's medical complaints, but quality and quantity of information varies widely by jurisdiction and company making the report.

Users can view charts and graphs of aggregated data, search the record set using filter values, and download the record set.

Explore Hospital Data

This section provides access to Saferparks' analysis of hospital data on injuries and illnesses related to use of amusement rides and some related devices, such as go-karts, inflatables, and water park attractions. The information is recorded by medical staff at a sampling of approximately 100 U.S. emergency medical facilities following treatment of patients who state that their medical complaints were related to use of amusement rides or devices.

This data set was provided by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (NEISS). Records focus primarily on medical aspects (symptoms, diagnosis, etc.) and patient's viewpoint of the events leading to the injury or illness.

Limitations of Saferparks Accident Data

Users Should Remain Aware of the Limitations Inherent in this Data

The Saferparks Database is a collection of safety-related information from various sources and perspectives compiled into a centralized database. The aggregate data from the Saferparks Database provides insight into the causes and patterns of ride-related injury, but it does not represent a complete or consistent record of ride-related accidents and cannot be ethically used to compare or contrast the safety of different industry sectors, rides/devices, parks, carnivals, or states.