Amusement Parks

Amusement Parks

Amusement Attractions

According to the National Safety Council, in 2013 about 315 million people visited an estimated 357 fixed-site amusement facilities in the United States. The council reports that there were a total of 1,221 injuries that year, or 0.9 injuries per million patron-rides. About 53 percent of the injuries occurred on family and adult rides, a decrease of 1 percent from 2012. Roller coaster injuries, which are counted separately, accounted for 40.5 percent of all injuries, down 4.1 percent from the previous year. The remaining 6 percent of injuries occurred on children’s rides, down 17 percent from a year earlier.

Snapshot Of Amusement Parks And Injuries, 2013 (1)

Number of facilities 357
Attendance 315.2 million
Ridership 1.38 billion
Ride-related injuries 1,221
Injuries per million patron-rides 0.9

(1) Facilities that operate fixed-site amusement rides only. All data are estimated by the National Safety Council.

Source: National Safety Council.

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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission collects data on fixed rides at amusement and theme parks, along with mobile rides at events such as carnivals, and other events. It estimates that there were 40,901 hospital-treated injuries from accidents at these sites in 2014, up 7.2 percent from 2013. In 2014, 18,807—46 percent—of these injuries were sustained by children between the ages of five and 14. The majority of those injured of all ages were treated and released, but almost 900 people were hospitalized or killed.

Amusement Attraction Injuries By Age And Medical Treatment, 2008-2014 (1)

  2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
By age group              
0 to 4 4,280 4,006 4,159 5,139 6,364 5,681 5,475
5 to 14 13,435 14,490 16,595 17,189 19,491 17,022 18,807
15 to 24 4,503 7,093 5,447 6,536 6,989 5,999 6,332
25 to 64 8,108 7,929 10,214 8,097 10,407 9,255 10,174
Over 65 263 246 355 193 595 192 112
Total (2) 30,590 33,765 36,749 37,154 43,846 38,148 40,901
By medical treatment              
Treated and released 29,797 32,768 35,721 35,977 42,734 37,276 39,699
Hospitalized and deceased 713 997 1,028 1,177 1,112 873 1,201
Total (2) 30,590 33,765 36,749 37,154 43,846 38,148 40,901

(1) Includes fixed rides in amusement or theme park; mobile rides; inflatables (e.g., "moon bounces"); rides at shopping malls or restaurants; and waterslides.
(2) Based on a probability sample. Data are estimates of the number of persons treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments with consumer product-related injuries.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, National Electronic Injury Surveillance System.

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