Print/digital media coverage

These media pieces were published prior to website migration. Any links were valid when posted but we cannot assure all expired links are promptly removed.

Daubs, K., 2018 August 23. The Zipper at 50: Joy, thrills, and memoriesof a fateful ride and a lost friend. Toronto Star. 

Maxwell, J., 2018 March/April. The evolution of amusement ride standards. ASTM Standardization News, pg. 27-31. (“Let’s do lunch” sidebar.)

Lui, K. 2017, July 17. A growing list of accidents is putting safety at amusement parks under the spotlight. Time magazine. 

De Castillo, 2016, December 5. White Plains Native Wins Big at National Engineering Competition. White Plains Patch. 

Feltner, K., 2016, December 1. RIT team sweeps awards at theme park ride design event. Rochester Business Journal.

Pedicini, S. 2016, September 17. Theme parks take differing approaches to restricting amputees on rides. Orlando Sentinel.

Coorsh, K., 2016, August 18. Amusement park injuries rarely due to mechanical error: experts. CTV News.

Maxwell, J., 2015, July/August. Corkscrews, cobra rolls and camel backs: balancing thrills and safety in the amusement ride industry. ASTM Standardization News, pg. 21-23.

Oertley, K., 2015, January. The strength of AIMS International is its volunteers and supporters. Amusement Today. Page 6. 

Chandler, J., 2014, October 21. Ryerson thrill club to host design competition on campus. The Eyeopener. Page 7 print; 

Kozicka, P. 2014, May 14. Bouncy castle ordeal prompts warning from injury experts. Global Montreal. 

Danger with bouncy castles.” 2014 May 14. CHCH-TV. 

The science of Thrills. Ryerson University Research and Innovation Newsletter. Issue 8: March. 

Switzer, J. 2014, February 27. A career designed to thrill. Toronto Star, Special section “Engineering excitement”, page H1, H2. Available: 

More kids hurt on bouncy castles than mechanical amusement rides. 2014 February 10, The Canadian Press. From Ryerson University media release

10 Questions. Behind the Themes.

Ryerson’s THRILL Lab keeps an eye on safety so amusement park riders can focus on fun. Pg. OPEA 3, 7 November, The Globe and Mail. 

D’Aliesio, R., 2013. Death at Six Flags prompts Canadian roller coaster concerns. The Globe and Mail. 

Gillers, H., 2012. Safety tips for parents. Chicago Tribune. 22 August.

Ryerson University, 2012. Safety first when it comes to amusement rides

Hunter, P., 2012, April 28. Canada’s Wonderland’s new roller coaster, Leviathan, tallest, fastest in Canada. GTA Section, pg. GTA1, 4, 5. Toronto Star.

Lagerquist, J., 2012, March 13. Thrill seekers. Eyeopener online. 

George, C., 2012 Feb 25. Rodeo boosts safety on midway after last year’s fatal fall. Houston Chronicle Online. 

Wood, E.E. 2010, Sept 7. University study looks at rider error in amusement park accidents. Metro Canada Toronto.

Mercurio, A., 2010, October 13. Students learning what it takes to ensure amusement rides are safe. Ryerson News and Events.

Understanding rider bahavior [sic] key to keeping amusement park rides safe, enjoyable. 2010, August 23. Science Daily. Alternate link

Toye, S. 2007, March 23. Bending the rules. Research profile.

Blackburn, L. 2006. Enjoy thrill rides, but exercise some caution. The Daily News Halifax, p. 15 Perspective section

Minto, J., 2005, January 12. [Coverage of THRILL], The Ryersonian. Pg. 4.

Yates, D., 2004. [Coverage of THRILL], Ryerson Forum. Nov./Dec. Pg. 3.

Bouliane, M., 2003, July 23. Les normes de sécurité des manèges seraient désuètes. La Presse. p. E1 Montréal Plus

Author: Kathryn Woodcock

Dr. Kathryn Woodcock is Professor at Toronto Metropolitan University, teaching, researching, and consulting in the area of human factors engineering / ergonomics particularly applied to amusement rides and attractions (, and to broader occupational and public safety issues of performance, error, investigation and inspection, and to disability and accessibility.