Sources included IAAPA News Daily, ITPS Leisure News, which link to regional, national, and international media, and cases appearing as “related news” internet links. This analysis included fatal and non-fatal injuries and no-injury accident events at attractions. Ride stoppage / evacuation cases were excluded as were reports from other attractions such as museums and zoos, and within parks related to non-ride related amenities such as retail, scenery, and transportation. Additional searches were performed as needed to clarify the nature of some reports. Additional headlines located for clarification purposes were also logged, but each event was tabulated once, regardless of the number of headlines about the same event.
As reporting is often incomplete, some clarifying comments may be found here, sometimes documenting implications left between the lines of the reports. However, the blog is not making allegations or providing evidence about any of these cases.
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This is an interim post accumulating reports from January 2022
Date of last update: 5 January 2022
This is an interim post accumulating reports from December 2021. Media aggregators are on a holiday break so updates will not be made until January unless reports appear in mass media.
This month has included six (6) recordable events plus four (4) headlines about non-recordable events.
Date of last update 5 January 2022.
Five (5) ride accidents were reported in the month of November 2021, with additional coverage of five occurrences in prior periods, and two reports out of scope for the RRRR database but which may be of interest.
Date of last update 3 December 2021.
Despite increasing business volumes as the industry recovers from pandemic closures, the “summer” season in the northern hemisphere has concluded, and there were few media reports about ride accidents. Just four (4) new cases were reported, along with updates on a few previous cases.
Date of last update: 09 November 2021.
As amusement attraction attendance increases the number of people exposed to rides, we expect the number of media reports to increase. As of the last update, there were four (4) included reports, plus three (3) previously un-recapped reports from prior periods and one report of an excluded event type.
Date of last update: 04 October 2021
This report in NJ.com covered reported accidents at various Six Flags theme parks. Some of these were included in RRRR monthly recaps.
As amusement attraction attendance increases the number of people exposed to rides, we expect the number of media reports to increase. As of the last update, there were 10 included reports, plus three (3) excluded reports recapped, one stalled ride treated as “news”, and one previously un-recapped report from a prior period.
Date of last update: 2 September 2021.
As amusement attraction attendance increases the number of people exposed to rides, we expect the number of media reports to increase. The monthly recap will be updated periodically through the month, until the recaps resume weekly posts.
Date of last update: 22 November 2021.
The pandemic-suppressed operation of amusement attractions has in turn suppressed the occurrence of patron injuries, as reflected in media coverage. However, as attractions worldwide resume operations, the number of media-reported cases has slightly increased. There were 13 covered events from June and 5 reports from previous periods that had not been recapped.
Date of last update: 20 July 2021.
The case of an injury on the Branson Coaster
Like many reports covered in the RRRR database, multiple media reports used imprecise terminology that has real implications for potential misunderstanding of hazards to the public. While it is understandable that a reporter may not know the difference when beginning to collect information for a report, it is irresponsible to be cavalier about terminology in the published version. Any hazards that may be implicated in this case have no relevance to “roller coasters”.