Archive | July, 2011

State of New York drops the ball during coaster investigation

15 Jul


The Associated Press: Sheriff: Theme park policy ignored in vet’s death

13 Jul

The Associated Press: Sheriff: Theme park policy ignored in vet’s death.

Once again a rider has been ejected from a roller coaster

10 Jul

The most recent facts can be found here.

Here are some of my previous comments.


June Carol Alexander, Brandon Zucker, Mike Dwaileebe, Tamar Fellner, William Pollack and Lori Larez, are just a few of the names of amusement ride participants who have been killed when their
restraints failed to secure them properly.

Amusement rides are designed and built to a 170 pound passenger average. In the case of Brandon Zucker and Tamar Fellner, they were too small for the restraint system. Both weighed less than 90 pounds. The two separate and different systems they were in could not have held them properly. The ride Zucker was on did not even have seat belts. The ride Fellner was on had both seat belts and a lap bar that were not able to secure her small frame. Witnesses in the Fellner incident said, “it appeared she was standing up”. I suggest they saw the forces of the roller coaster she was on expelling her from the ride. The Alexander, Dwaileebe and Larez incidents all appear to be size related. Those riders were much larger than the 170 pound design size.

These incidents also have something else in common. They all occurred at a fixed amusement ride site. Where there is no Federal oversight and very little if any State oversight. The amusement ride industry for the most part, is self regulated. No one to investigate incidents, accidents and fatalities nationwide. No one to report to, no records to keep or share with anyone.

Things do change in the amusement ride industry. The self-regulation body of the American Society of Testing and Material (ASTM) F-24 Committee on Amusement Rides and Devices has come up with some new design criteria. It is a work in progress.

Hopefully one day soon everyone will realize that One Size Does Not Fit All. Well maybe except for halo’s and I hope June, Mike, Tamar, William and Lori have theirs.

Here are two link to the best source of information regarding amusement ride incidents. By the way this site has nothing to do with the government or the industry.

When will will learn that riders must fit the ride and have the meet the requirements necessary to safely ride. If we keep up with the pace who need where we will end up?