It seems like reports of amusement park injuries are becoming more and more frequent. Just last month at a state fair in Columbus, Ohio, a ride malfunctioned killing one person and injuring 7 others. So how rare is it to be injured on an amusement park ride?
The Amusement Park Association conducted an annual survey and found that ride-related injuries among park attendees increased by 32% between 2014 and 2015. However this number only accounts for fixed-site amusement parks, and doesn't include amusement parks that travel around various locations.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission oversees the regulation of mobile amusement parks. But it's up to the individual state or location to decide who is responsible for inspecting the rides. For fixed-site amusement parks, inspections are entirely up to the state and local government, and several states don't regulate amusement parks at all. According to saferparks.org, those states include Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming.
There are some things you can do to ensure your safety. Always obey the posted height, age, weight and health restrictions. Follow all safety instructions including using your seat belts and safety bars. Keep hands and feet inside the ride at all times. If you don't think your children can follow these safety rules, don't allow them to ride. And most importantly, trust your instincts! If you're worried about the safety of a ride, don’t participate.