Setting out to find actual, real-Earth statistics on amusement park injuries, I came across a report from the National Safety Council for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA--I'm sure Way's acronym is not a coincidence), which reports similar data based on an annual survey. Below I have reproduced some of the data for the years 2005, 2006, and 2007.
|Year||Characteristic||Total||Children's Rides||Family and Adult Rides||Roller Coasters|
|2005||Estimated Number of Injuries||1,713||192||1,131||390|
|2005||Injuries per Million Patron-Rides||0.9||0.8||1.0||0.9|
|2006||Estimated Number of Injuries||1,546||177||943||426|
|2006||Injuries per Million Patron-Rides||0.9||0.7||0.9||0.1|
|2007||Estimated Number of Injuries||1,309||134||759||416|
|2007||Injuries per Million Patron-Rides||0.7||0.5||0.7||0.9|
As we can see here, the number of injuries in each year is less than the total number of injuries in the FAAPA data. Also, roller-coaster related injuries seem to account for a smaller proportion of the total injuries than they do in the Umbrella Academy universe. This is probably not due to any significant variation in methodology--the IAAPA data is taken from facilities that operate fixed-site amusement park rides and the table reproduced shows the ridership-based injury estimates. The FAAPA data also likely focuses on fixed-site rides.
I suppose the point is that the FAAPA data includes damage caused by the Terminauts and other such superhero/supervillain-related attacks. However, I wonder if these can really be considered ride-related injuries. Does anybody know whether the IAAPA data includes injuries or fatalities that occur through indirect sources? Suppose a robber decided to hold up an amusement park and wounds some civilians riding the carousel. Would this count?
No wonder that there exists an association against amusement parks. They're not all fun and games in comic books.