Safety information by device type

Amusement ride / Ferris/gondola wheel

A Ferris wheel (also known as an observation wheel or big wheel) consists of an upright wheel with passenger gondolas attached to the rim.

Statistical Summary of Reported Accidents

This device type accounts for 1.7% of amusement ride accident reports.

Record count:196
Records that include age of victim:130(66%)
Records where accident type could be determined:182(93%)
Records with identifiable tradename:71(36%)
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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.