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It seems that with each passing year, there are more and more amusement park rides, carnival rides, water park rides, and other recreational activities being created and drawing thousands of consumers and spectators. The hype within the amusement ride industry fundamentally demands that rides promise added thrills, adventure, excitement, and adrenaline rushes – but at what cost?

The majority of thrill ride seekers don’t give safety a second thought when boarding the newest, most daring ride or recreational device. The reason for this is that consumers trust that safety has been made a priority by manufacturers of amusement rides and the establishments responsible for maintaining and operating the rides. Unfortunately, profits often come before the wellbeing of consumers in the amusement ride industry.

Limitless Scope of Amusement Rides

The following is a list of some of the most common types of amusement rides and other activities that people just can’t seem to resist:

The Need to Improve Safety Measures

Whether these rides and amusements are main attractions in a major city or tucked away in exotic locations for tourists, the potential risks of injury or death are regrettably much higher than most patrons realize. However, this doesn’t have to be the case.

If the amusement ride industry as a whole adopted a more solid and efficient plan for creating and enforcing safety regulations on a national level, then it’s very likely that the dangerous threats these rides and amusements pose could decrease. Nevertheless, safety concerns in the amusement ride industry don’t stop with ride manufacture; safety rules must extend to ride or park owners; ride construction; ride maintenance; operator training; and proper ride warnings.

Innovation at the Expense of Lives?

The possibilities of the amusement ride industry are limitless, and some may argue that this is a part of the problem. Safety is the last thing that should be compromised in order for a ride manufacturer or park owner to make more money. To top the competition, park owners and ride manufacturers often focus on purchasing or creating a ride or amusement that offers patrons an entirely new and daring experience that they can’t find anywhere else. While it’s understandable to recognize that the amusement ride industry is a part of consumer culture and the economy, innovation can’t replace safety. To help ensure the safety of consumers, the call for the amusement ride industry to create and enforce strict and effective regulations is loud and clear. The question is, will they listen?

International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions

American Society for Testing and Materials - International

National Amusement Park Historical Association

World Waterpark Association

Amusement Industry Manufacturers & Suppliers, International

Themed Entertainment Association

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