Amusement Parks

PublicSource
8:01 am
Wed August 14, 2013

PA’s Regulation of Amusement Parks Falls Short in Inspections, Enforcement

Permanent parks and water parks are required to file ride inspection reports every 30 days while they are open to the public. PublicSource analyzed reports provided by state regulators of the 117 permanent parks and water parks that were operating in Pennsylvania in 2012.
Credit Alexandra Kanik / PublicSource

Pennsylvania has more amusement park rides than any other state, with 9,300 registered rides. And its parks are unmatched in safety, Gov. Tom Corbett said in a June press release, because of the state’s rigorous ride-inspection program.

But a PublicSource investigation shows that the state agency that oversees amusement parks doesn’t track the safety inspection reports that parks are required by law to file each month they are open.

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