Posted by Victor E. Long, Esq.
A recent carnival accident injuring dozens of Washington State Children, highlights concern regarding amusement park safety. According to the Washington Post, although the Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates children’s toys, strollers, bicycles and car seats, it has no jurisdiction over rides at fixed amusement parks, such as those run by Walt Disney Co., Six Flags, Universal and Anheuser-Busch Entertainment that host an estimated 300 million people on 1.84 billion rides annually.
Although the rate of injury is low, the consequences of even a single failure can be catastrophic to the individuals involved.” RidesDatabase recommends the following safety tips for amusement park patrons of all ages:
Amusement rides are “complex, powerful machines that expose children and adults to extremes of speed, height, and dynamic force. Although the rate of injury is low, the consequences of even a single failure can be catastrophic to the individuals involved.”