Secretary Encourages Pennsylvanians to Be Safe while Enjoying Amusement Rides
Corbett Proclaims Amusement Ride Safety Week June 22-28
Elysburg – Agriculture Secretary George
Greig today reminded adventure seekers looking for thrills on amusement rides
across Pennsylvania they should follow basic safety guidelines.
has plenty of opportunities for summer fun but safety should be your top
priority when riding amusement rides and attractions,” said Greig.
70 percent of injuries on rides occur because of rider error.
important thing in the amusement business is the safety of our guests, and we
diligently labor to ensure that our rides are operating properly and safely,”
said Dick Knoebel. “We are extremely proud to feature Flying Turns, one of the
most unique rides in the world – and the only one of its kind – for the
amusement of our guests.”
said Flying Turns is the only operating trackless wooden roller coaster in the
world, the first of its kind since 1974. Similar rides in existence today do
not include a wooden structure, which was part of the original Flying Turns
Greig offered safety tips to riders for all amusement rides and attractions across
for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania registration plate on the ride and
the public notice sign verifying it has been inspected according to
Pennsylvania Amusement Ride Safety Act standards.
getting in line for the ride, check and follow boarding restrictions,
including those for medical concerns, height and weight.
carefully to all instructions. Operators are trained to keep riders safe.
sure ride operators are alert. Never board a ride if the operator appears
to be inattentive.
in to stay safe. Keep your arms, hands, feet and legs inside the ride at
all times. Always remain on the ride until it comes to a complete stop.
shoulder harnesses, seat belts, lap bars or chains appropriately.
riding before you get tired. Tired riders are more likely to be injured
than alert riders.
hydrated. Not drinking enough water can increase your risk of injury or
illness on some rides.
riding with or assisting a child, know their capabilities and take an
active role in determining whether a ride is appropriate. Instruct your
child on acceptable ride behavior before boarding. Always supervise your
child on a ride. Ask the operator to stop the ride if you see that your
child is crying or shows any other signs of distress.
of Agriculture’s Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards registers nearly
9,500 amusement rides and attractions – more than any other state or foreign
country – and certifies and trains the state’s more than 1,400 professional
private industry inspectors.
department has inspected and registered amusement rides under the Amusement
Ride Safety Act since 1984. It regularly participates in education and outreach
seminars that include classes and hands-on demonstrations for ride operators
new www.ridesafe.pa.gov to view all
inspected rides across Pennsylvania.
rides are a staple of Pennsylvania’s 109 county and community fairs. For a
complete listing of the state’s fairs, including locations and dates, view the
2014 Pennsylvania Fair Guide online at www.agriculture.state.pa.us and
search “Fair Guide.”
information about ride safety or the Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards,
call 717-787-6772 or visit www.agriculture.state.pa.us
and search “Amusement Rides.”
Elliott Krepps, 717-787-5085
Note: The text of
Governor Corbett’s proclamation declaring Amusement Ride Safety Week in
Pennsylvania, from June 22-28, follows.
Pennsylvania is home to nearly 9,500 amusement rides and attractions that
provide entertainment to millions of visitors at the state’s county and community
fairs, carnivals and amusement parks, totaling more than any other state or
foreign country; and
ensure the mechanical and physical safety of amusement rides and their safe
enjoyment by all ride patrons, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture’s
Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards administers the state’s amusement ride
safety program and is a national leader in ride inspection and safety; and
the department works cooperatively with the amusement ride industry, certifying
and training more than 1,400 professional private industry inspectors to ensure
every ride in Pennsylvania is inspected and registered. For quality assurance,
an additional staff of inspectors is employed by the commonwealth; and
the commonwealth is committed to amusement ride inspector training and
regularly leads and participates in national safety education and outreach
programs that include workshops and hands-on demonstrations; and
consumers play a role in ensuring their own safety while riding amusement
attractions. Amusements are best enjoyed as intended, without the addition of
in recognition of the cooperative roles of the Pennsylvania Department of
Agriculture, the amusement ride industry and ride patrons in keeping amusement
attractions safe for all to enjoy, I, Tom Corbett, Governor of the Commonwealth
of Pennsylvania, do hereby proclaim June 22-28, 2014 as Amusement Ride Safety
Week in Pennsylvania.