NEWS: Experts inspect amusement park rides after mishaps

NEWS: Experts inspect amusement park rides after mishaps

Post by JackTheRipp » Wed, 27 Jun 2001 20:38:25


Experts inspect amu***t park rides after mishaps

06/25/2001
Associated Press Newswires
Copyright 2001. The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - Two weeks after a fatal accident and another
mishap on a ride , Lake Compounce amu***t park is trying to reassure
the public that the park is safe.

Safety experts were brought in Monday to check the rides and see if
they're being operated properly. Park officials did not immediately
say what the experts found.

A park maintenance worker was killed June 13 when he was hit by the
Boulder Dash roller coaster . The next day, the Zoomerang roller
coaster failed to stop at the correct location, and 26 people were
stuck for over 90 minutes before firefighters were able to bring them
down.

Lake Compounce hired MAH Consulting of Zephyrhills, Fla., to do the
inspection work. The firm that has been inspecting amu***t parks
around the country for nine years, the park said.

 
 
 

NEWS: Experts inspect amusement park rides after mishaps

Post by RayW » Wed, 27 Jun 2001 21:51:23

Whats this with the Zoomerang?? That happens on all of them when it doesnt
make it all the way up for whatever reason, cable snap, whatever.

SFNE had that happen at least 3 times now. Its harmless, nobody gets hurt,
they just need to be taken off the ride. They arent even upside down, unlike
one incident on Mind Eraser last year. I compare this to having your car
break down and get towed in importance. Its a machine, and things can
happen. Looks like the design is working, nobody got hurt.

The SFNE one has a ladder installed at that point to allow exit after it
apparently happened a few times at Kentucky Kingdom, and the history of the
boomerang's at other parks.

Last time this happened at SFNE the issue was fixed and the ride was
operating less than 3 hrs later.

Spend money investigating something worth investigating.

Quote:
> A park maintenance worker was killed June 13 when he was hit by the
> Boulder Dash roller coaster . The next day, the Zoomerang roller
> coaster failed to stop at the correct location, and 26 people were
> stuck for over 90 minutes before firefighters were able to bring them
> down.

> Lake Compounce hired MAH Consulting of Zephyrhills, Fla., to do the
> inspection work. The firm that has been inspecting amu***t parks
> around the country for nine years, the park said.


 
 
 

NEWS: Experts inspect amusement park rides after mishaps

Post by Shawn Mamr » Wed, 27 Jun 2001 23:55:14

Quote:

>Spend money investigating something worth investigating.

It's called "restoring public confidence".

Much as we might consider either of the two incidents that one week to
be nothing of concern as far as park operations go, to the public at
large it can be something else entirely.

Did you miss the news articles that mentioned school districts cancelling
their trips to LC?  Guess why that happened?  Do you think the park can
afford to ignore losing business that way?

In this day and age, parks have to make sure the i's are dotted and the
t's are crossed when it comes to even the perception of running a safe
park.  If the public perceives a park to be "unsafe", people stop going.
No park can afford that for very long.  Ask the folks who used to run
Old Indiana about that...

-Shawn Mamros


 
 
 

NEWS: Experts inspect amusement park rides after mishaps

Post by Eric » Thu, 28 Jun 2001 11:15:11

Quote:

>Whats this with the Zoomerang?? That happens on all of them when it doesnt
>make it all the way up for whatever reason, cable snap, whatever.

>SFNE had that happen at least 3 times now. Its harmless, nobody gets hurt,

SFNE's valleyed at the base of the 2nd chain, not up in the cradle.  Guest
were easily walked down. Besides, I think all Six Flags' boomerangs have the
catwalks installed now after a similar incident happened at KK or GE a
couple years ago.

Quote:
>they just need to be taken off the ride. They arent even upside down,
unlike
>one incident on Mind Eraser last year.

Woah buddy! The Mind Eraser was not even half way up the chain. You must be
going off the rumor that the press did not know whether they were upside
down or not at the time the call was made to AFD.
(trying to imagine the Mind Eraser stuck in midloop)

I compare this to having your car

Quote:
>break down and get towed in importance. Its a machine, and things can
>happen. Looks like the design is working, nobody got hurt.

>The SFNE one has a ladder installed at that point to allow exit after it
>apparently happened a few times at Kentucky Kingdom, and the history of the
>boomerang's at other parks.

>Last time this happened at SFNE the issue was fixed and the ride was
>operating less than 3 hrs later.

>Spend money investigating something worth investigating.

3 deaths in 2 years is worth investigating something, don't ya think?
It's worth the peace of mind