Whether you are hurt at the NC State Fair or at Disney, there is a pattern in amusement park injuries that a new report reveals. The report, created by The Research Institute at Nationwide Children's Hospital, analyzed amusement park injuries over 20 years.
Over 4,400 injuries are reported annually at carnivals and festivals. Falls are the most common cause of injuries at amusement parks. Rides at amusement parks may cause injuries due to several reasons: Inadequate maintenance, poor supervision, or insufficient safety equipment. Permanent and impermanent amusement park rides have different safety requirements. Amusement parks differ on their safety inspection requirements, and careless inspection schedules could create problems.
In recent years, the major injuries reported at the NC State Fair have been food-related. Unclean food preparation areas created environments full of bacteria that caused many innocent people to become hospitalized.
What are common amusement park injuries? Starting with the most common, the Top 5 Injuries at Amusement Parks affecting individuals under the age of 18 include:
- Head injuries
- Neck injuries
- Arm injuries
- Facial injuries
- Leg injuries
Fair-goers are not the only ones at risk for amusement park injuries. Workers have suffered injuries, and some have lost their lives, due to problems with the rides. Whenever you are at a theme park or a concert---any place with crowds of people---there is a greater risk of injury. If you or someone you love was hurt at a fair or injured at a concert, schedule a free case evaluation with one of our Raleigh injury lawyers.