Safety information by device type

Amusement ride / Drop tower


Amusement rides based around a central structure or tower. With most drop towers, the gondola is lifted to the top of a large vertical structure, before being released and falling towards the ground. Brakes activate to slow the ride prior to reaching the ground. Some designs expand on this concept, with gondalas that rotate or 'bounce' riders several times before coming to a rest.
Includes the following tradenames and generic devices:

Statistical Summary of Reported Accidents

This device type accounts for 3.2% of amusement ride accident reports.

Record count:251
Records that include age of victim:190(76%)
Records where accident type could be determined:237(94%)
Records with identifiable tradename:97(39%)
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Source: Public records provided by U.S. regulatory agencies under widely varying laws. Regulated industry sectors & devices and criteria for reporting accidents are different in every jurisdiction. 83% of the records were provided by three states (NJ, CA, and TX). 88% of the reports fall within the years 1999-2007. See the Data Sources page for more information.