The incident at the Ohio State Fair in which a ride malfunctioned, leaving one dead and seven injured, has made the national news and "caused concerns" among parents. I put that in quotation marks because its something that gets said on TV reports, but what does it really mean? Are they legitimate concerns? Incidents like this are rare. Think about how many small communities, churches, etc., host these types of events each week. Yet, that doesn't stop the NY Post from running the headline "'Fire Ball' manufacturer orders fairs to stop operating death ride."
The article from Time tries to paint a grim picture by describing a group of events that show the risk of these rides. The article says, "In June, a teenage girl fell 25 feet from a gondola ride in a upstate New York Six Flags park. In May, a 10-year-old flew off a giant waterslide in a brand-new California water park over Memorial Day weekend." So, a girl was hurt at a waterslide. Then weeks later, another girl was hurt on the other side of the country on an amusement park ride. The kicker: "Neither sustained serious injures." The article then chronicles three incidents that happened in a week the year before, including, sadly, one death. But the examples came from different venues across the country. And the reason they all happened in one week is ridership is highest in the summer.
When it comes to risk, we have to look at the statistics, be it getting on a ride at the state fair or financing a vehicle purchase.