Safety information by device type

Amusement ride / Ferris/gondola wheel


A Ferris wheel (also known as an observation wheel or big wheel) consists of an upright wheel with passenger gondolas attached to the rim.
Includes the following tradenames and generic devices:

Statistical Summary of Reported Accidents

This device type accounts for 1.7% of amusement ride accident reports.

Record count:136
Records that include age of victim:82(60%)
Records where accident type could be determined:123(90%)
Records with identifiable tradename:46(34%)
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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.