Public Safety
5:20 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Inspection Records For PA Amusement Parks Now Online

The Phantom's Revenge at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh.
The Phantom's Revenge at Kennywood Park in Pittsburgh.
Credit Fen Labalme / flickr

Before someone gets strapped into the Storm Runner at Hershey Park or feels their stomach drop on Kennywood’s Phantom's Revenge this Memorial Day weekend, they’ll be able to go online to check when the rides were last inspected.

The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture has launched a website that allows any amusement park goer to see whether a ride has recently been inspected.

The new website comes after a PublicSource investigation last year found that the Department of Agriculture’s amusement park regulatory office did not have all of the inspection reports for more than half of the state’s 117 permanent parks and water parks in 2012.

The state’s House Agriculture & Rural Affairs Committee held a hearing in October and asked Department of Agriculture officials to find better ways to keep track of inspection records.

Read more of this report at the website of our partner PublicSource.