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Webinar: IAAPA’s Ride Safety Report

Event Type: Education
Venue: Online
Member Price: $0 | Not-Yet-Member Price: NA
Credit Hour(s): 1

1-2 p.m. ET

Join us as we review IAAPA’s Ride Safety Report for North America. IAAPA has tracked Amusement Park injuries since 2001. The National Safety Council has conducted and managed the ride injury survey since 2003. This project is the only data source that provides injury statistics specific to fixed site amusement parks. Join this panel as we dive into the report: Michael Shelton, Vice President and Executive Director, IAAPA North America, Kolosh, Statistics Manager - Research, National Safety Council and Chris Oliver, North America Safety Subcommittee Chair.


Ken Kolosh

Ken Kolosh

Statistics Manager - Research, National Safety Council

Ken Kolosh directs statistical reporting and estimating systems at the National Safety Council. The National Safety Council is America’s leading nonprofit safety advocate. NSC focuses on eliminating the leading causes of preventable injuries and deaths. Fundamental to this mission is the collection and dissemination of injury statistics. Mr. Kolosh leads the development of Injury Facts, the NSC’s online statistical resource on preventable injuries, their characteristics and costs. In addition to Injury Facts, his responsibilities range from managing the Council’s preliminary motor vehicle fatality estimate program to conducting an annual estimate of the number of guests injured at amusement parks. He is also an editor for the NSC’s Journal of Safety Research. Prior to leading the statistical function, Mr. Kolosh was a research consultant managing NSC’s workplace safety perception survey offering.

Chris Oliver

Chris Oliver

North America Safety Subcommittee Chair

Chris Oliver, Vice President, Universal Creative Engineering & Safety is a respected industry leader having worked on theme parks and attractions in Singapore, Osaka, Beijing, Paris, and Orlando. His dedication to the safety of guests and innovative technology, blended with immersive storytelling, have been instrumental to fan favorite attractions for Universal Parks & Resorts, as well as Disney Parks worldwide. 
He is the Chairman of the IAAPA Safety Commission, member of ASTM, executive champion to many DEI initiatives, and holds multiple patents for groundbreaking technology advancements. 

Chris earned his MBA from Universal of Central Florida.

Michael Shelton

Michael Shelton

Vice President and Executive Director, IAAPA North America

Currently Michael is the VP and Executive Director of IAAPA North America which is the largest trade organization for the global attractions industry.  Michael oversees the North America region and works with his team to develop educational programming, connection events, safety resources and membership connections for over 3500 member organizations.  He also oversees the largest trade show for the global attractions industry (IAAPA Expo) which hosts over 40,000 attendees and 1000 exhibitors annually in Orlando.  He started at a very young age in the attractions industry as a ‘trash attendant’ at the local water park and would eventually serve as General Manager of that same water park (Hyland Hills Water World) which is one of the original and still largest outdoor Water Parks in America.   Michael has been in the attractions industry for over 30 years, is ICAE certified and received a degree in Business from the University of Northern Colorado. He has held several other positions throughout his career in Food and Beverage, Family Entertainment Centers, and a 3 sheet Ice Arena Complex.  He served as the Managing Director at Hyland Hills before joining IAAPA in 2018.