Cumberland Times-News

May 15, 2014

Pennsylvania to place amusement park safety records on line


CNHI

— HARRISBURG, Pa.  — The state is set to unveil an online tool that allows the public to check the safety of amusement park rides.

The Department of Agriculture is launching the database in response to revelations last year about gaps in oversight. Park operators inspect their own rides in most cases, with state officials mainly responsible for ensuring paperwork is in order.

Just four inspectors in the department's Bureau of Ride and Measurement Standards cover 800 ride operators. Reports last year showed flaws in how the department handles inspection records, said Michael Rader, executive director of the Senate Agriculture and Rural Affairs Committee.

The online database is meant to give the public a transparent way to access those records, Rader said. It will be available at the  department's website: www.agriculture.state.pa.us.