Tag Archives: amusement ride safety

Child Falls From Amusement Ride

12 Jun

Once again a child has fallen from a one-size-fits-all restraint system amusement ride designed to carry adults and children. Here is a link to the initial report. http://www.newstimes.com/news/article/Boy-falls-from-Wacky-Worm-carnival-ride-3622169.php and a link to a follow up story. http://www.newstimes.com/policereports/article/Police-say-no-mechanical-failure-in-carnival-fall-3625734.php .

This is not the first time these circumstances have occurred on a Wacky Worm amusement ride. I doubt it will be the last. Hopefully some of the more progressive states that regulate amusement rides will step up to the plate and require individual seat belts. The responsibility lies with the manufacture. The manufacture Fajume is not located in the USA and I suspect is not interested in recalling this ride or even offering suggestions.

Perhaps the Consumer Product Safety Commission will step in and suggest a remedy. Only time will tell. I would like to offer a suggestion to the governing authorities in Danbury, Connecticut, if a ride is designed to carry both children and adults and yet a child can somehow exit the passenger carrying compartment on their own, is not a failure due to the design of the amusement ride? Then how can it not be mechanical failure?

This particular amusement ride has a locking lap bar. If the child comes out from under the lap bar, then he was too small to begin with. A child’s safety comes first and foremost.

Tragedy Hits in Louisiana at the State Fair

4 Nov

Friday, November 04, 2011

Tragedy Hits in Louisiana at the State Fair

On Wednesday November 2, 2011 at the Louisiana State Fair, (http://www.statefairoflouisiana.com/default.aspx) located in Shreveport, LA a five year old child was critically injured after another child was able to depress the start button for the Kiddie ride called the Twin Ring Demolition Derby manufactured by Moser Rides (http://moserrides.com/funnyrides/twin-rings/tw-cars/twin-rings-cars.htm) . According to documentation released by the Louisiana Office of the State Fair Marshall, the ride was manufactured in 2007 and had been inspected at least twice during 2011 by two different people outside of the carnival. The most recent inspection was dated 10/26/11. This report is clearly incomplete and is missing important information.

In Louisiana the law allows for competent third party inspections with over sight by the State Fire Marshall. To assist in that oversight the state has adopted the American Society of Testing & Material (ASTM) F-24 Committee on Amusement Rides and Devices Consensus Standards. The F-24 Standards are guidelines and/or minimum requirements as outlined by law.

The circumstances in Wednesday’s tragic incident are covered in detail in the F-24 Standards and the related references. The particulars of the incident as reported also suggest to me that OSHA Lock Out – Tag Out rules would also apply.

I urge the state to take immediate action to correct all amusement rides that operate in Louisiana with out the required Fail-Safe and/or Lock Out Tag Out devices that are required under the ASTM F-24 and applicable related consensus standards.

State of New York drops the ball during coaster investigation

15 Jul

http://www.wgrz.com/news/article/127502/1/Cuomo-Public-Access-To-Amusement-Ride-Safety-Records-Sounds-Like-A-Good-Ideaquot

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.
http://www.sacbee.com/2011/07/10/3759533/inspectors-study-ny-roller-coaster.html

Here are some of my previous comments.

AMUSEMENT RIDE RESTRAINTS ARE THEY SAFE?

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. http://www.rideaccidents.com http://www.saferparks.org

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?