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Amusement park inspections

PA’s regulation of amusement parks falls short in inspections, enforcement

By Emily DeMarco and Natasha Khan | PublicSource | Aug. 14, 2013

Pennsylvania has more amusement park rides than any other state, with 9,300 registered rides. And its parks are unmatched in safety, Gov. Tom Corbett said in a June press release, because of the state’s rigorous ride-inspection program. 

But a PublicSource investigation shows that the state agency that oversees amusement parks doesn’t track the safety inspection reports that parks are required by law to file each month they are open.

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* This story triggered a hearing in the state legislature. It won first place for enterprise/investigative reporting from the Pennsylvania Women’s Press Association and was highlighted at the 2014 Investigative Reporters and Editors computer-assisted reporting conference.