Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture

This work product was gathered by Saferparks as a public service. It is believed accurate when published, but there are regular changes in this information. Last 50-state update: September 16, 2008
Agency Information


Regulation Type:

Government officials audit/spot check private-sector inspectors

Rides/devices regulated under this authority:

  • Rides at large theme parks
  • Rides at smaller parks
  • Rides at fairs and traveling carnivals
  • Inflatables at carnivals and parks
  • Inflatables - private rentals
  • Go-Karts
  • Bungees
  • Waterslides
Regulations Pertaining to Accidents

General categories of accident reporting required for regulated devices:

  • Severe injuries
  • Injuries treated by a physician
  • Injuries requiring on-site first aid
  • Major equipment damage

Reporting Criteria:

When a serious injury, death, or fire occurs as a result of operation of an amusement ride or attraction, the operator shall notify the department within a reasonable period of time. Serious injury is defined as permanent or prolonged impairment of the body in which any part of the body is made functionally useless or substantially reduced in efficiency. In addition, operators must submit to the state copies of any other ride-related injury reports sent to the operator's insurance company.

Procedure/Authority for Investigating Accidents:

Accidents are investigated by state quality assurance inspectors.

Records Provided to Saferparks:

Accident reports for 2005-2007. Click here to view records