Reporting Agencies


The 2017 dataset covers accidents that occurred primarily in 2011-2016, with a few outliers in 2010 and 2017. In a few cases, media reports have been included because they showed up in a web search while researching government records. The Legacy dataset includes reports of accidents that occurred prior to 2010.

  • Years covered, equipment types included, reporting criteria, and level of detail provided vary widely by jurisdiction, type of device, corporate policies, and other factors.
  • Not all areas of the country have public reporting laws.
  • Some jurisdictions exempt certain business sectors from public accident reporting requirements.
  • Not all jurisdictions that collect safety data on amusement rides provide it to Saferparks.
  • States like California and Pennsylvania provide more reports because they have: (1) strong consumer laws that require public reporting of all medically-treated injuries; (2) a lot of amusement parks and carnivals; and (3) good government practices that make public safety records available on request.

In aggregate, the regulatory records provide some insight into the ways in which patrons are hurt using amusement rides and attractions, but the data set cannot be used to estimate injury rates or compare states, parks, rides, or years.