Safety information by device type

Amusement ride / Drop tower

Amusement rides based around a central structure or tower. With most drop towers, the gondola is lifted to the top of a large vertical structure, before being released and falling towards the ground. Brakes activate to slow the ride prior to reaching the ground. Some designs expand on this concept, with gondalas that rotate or 'bounce' riders several times before coming to a rest.

Statistical Summary of Reported Accidents

This device type accounts for 3.0% of amusement ride accident reports.

Record count:349
Records that include age of victim:285(82%)
Records where accident type could be determined:335(96%)
Records with identifiable tradename:143(41%)
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Includes the following tradenames and generic devices:

Source: Public records requested from state and federal regulatory agencies.
Regulated industry sectors, devices covered, and criteria for reporting accidents are different in every jurisdiction.
See the Industry-Regulatory Reports section for more information.