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THRILL: Human Factors and Amusement Ride Safety

THRILL: Tools for Holistic Ride Inspection Learning and Leadership

This program applies human factors engineering (HF) principles to model and improve amusement rides and attractions.

This page summarizes the main areas of the THRILL program. Each section heading links to more information in each area.

For general information about publications and funding and support to THRILL, see the menu at left. See also the THRILL web page and the THRILL Lab blog.

While rider behaviour predominates among causes of rider injuries, ride failure is a possible mechanism for exposure of riders to harm. Ride inspection is also a complex task. This research examines safety inspection with specific reference to ride inspection.

Accident investigation is a prominent component of health and safety programs and a highly valued method of understanding where hazards exist. This research area is developing methods to evaluate and support investigation particularly for cases involving human error, across a variety of domains.

Human Factors engineering principles describe ideals of interface design, but provide little specific direction for designing controls for complex directly observable processes. How can we leverage Human Factors principles for ride control interfaces?

Rider behaviour is a top industry concern, consistently identified as a leading factor in many rider injuries. This research thread examines the extent of this contributing factor and explores ways to modify it.