Trends: Accidents that can occur during either part of the ride cycle

This catch-all category covers types of accidents that could occur while riding or during load/unload/queue. The bulk of these are instances where the report narrative did not contain enough information to categorize the accident.

Entrapment injuries deserve special mention because, even though they are reported infrequently, they can have serious consequences.

  • Don't ride with dangling sleeves, drawstrings or jewelry that might become entangled in the machinery.
  • Watch for pinch points when going through gates, stepping from the platform into the ride vehicle or vice versa, and closing or opening the restraint.
  • When riding, always keep hands, arms, feet and legs inside the vehicle until the ride comes to its final stop. Watch children carefully. Bracing points may be out of reach, leaving them less securely contained. Some roller coasters make temporary staging stops before the "final" stop, which can confuse inexperienced children. State accident records show that children ages 5-8 have been injured when they mistook a staging stop for the final stop, and put a foot out to exit the ride before their car reached the unload point.

Accidents that can occur during either part of the cycle

The following tables show the types of accidents that can occur during either part of the cycle, as identified in the 2017 data set accident reports provided to Saferparks by state regulatory agencies. Click on the accident category to view database information.

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.