The Serious Business of Fun

Safety is the number one priority of the attractions industry.

Amusement parks provide one of the safest forms of recreation available to the public.

Amusement park operators and ride manufacturers work together to develop and deliver safe guest experiences.

Safety by the Numbers
According to the 2011 Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey:

  • Nearly 300 million people visited the approximately 400 amusement parks in the United States annually and took nearly 2 billion safe rides.
  • 61 of the 1,415 ride-related injuries reported in 2011, or less than 5 percent of all ride injuries, were considered serious, meaning they required some form of overnight treatment at a hospital.
  • The likelihood of being injured seriously enough to require overnight hospitalization for treatment is 1 in 24 million. The chance of being fatally injured is 1 in 750 million. (Based on an average of five rides per guest.)

One of the Safest Forms of Recreation in the United States
Below is a list of common recreation activities and their respective number of injuries per million participant days (based on estimates from the National Sporting Goods Association):

  • Roller skating: 912
  • Basketball: 799
  • Football: 704
  • Soccer: 405
  • Fishing: 85
  • Golf: 53
  • Exercising with equipment: Nine
  • Playing billiards: Eight
  • Camping: Five

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicates that the number of deaths on America's roadways in 2011 was 32,367.

The National Weather Service estimates the chance of being struck by lightning in the U.S. is 1 in 775,000.

Resources
U.S. Ride Safety Reports
ASTM Standards


Fact Sheets
Safety Tips
G-forces
Design & Technology
Regulations & Standards
Ride Restraints
Ride Operators

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