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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.