Amusement & Entertainment Industry Analyses

Exponent’s engineers and scientists leverage their collective expertise in to perform investigations of amusement park ride components and equipment. We analyze accident patterns within occupational injury using accident databases; assess how individuals with disabilities enter and exit rides as well as how they interact with ride restraints; and quantify accident risk and injury potential related to amusement park rides.  Further, our staff is able to expound how specific incidents occur, to assess the role of design features in a specific event, and to evaluate the implications associated with the design.

Exponent has experience investigating and evaluating various aspects of amusement park rides and entertainment venues including:

  • Motion sickness on an amusement ride
  • Brain and eye injury potential on roller coasters
  • Roller coaster rider acceleration exposure
  • Human modeling and water slide rider acceleration exposure
  • Swimming pool accidents
  • Playground safety evaluations and pediatric injury tolerance
  • Wire rope and structural failures in launched rides
  • Restraint design evaluations
  • Slip and fall incidents in a ride queue
  • Safety of pyrotechnic installations
  • Elevator claims in amusement and entertainment venues
  • Effect of warnings on ride passengers
  • Environmental and human health claims
  • OSHA and regulatory compliance

Analysis and Testing

Our engineers and scientists serve on committees and organizations related to amusement park safety, including American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) International’s Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices, the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), and the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO).

Standards Testing—Exponent can test amusement rides and installations according to the specifications found in most international standards, including ASTM, EN, ISO, and NFPA standards. Our Testing and Engineering Center in Phoenix, Arizona, has a variety of testing equipment and devices that meet the requirements of most standards, or to perform custom investigations.

Real World Testing—Using Exponent’s unique set of facilities and support staff our engineers design, construct, and utilize custom testing methods and instrumentation to evaluate loading and injury potential onsite and under real-world accident scenarios.