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Ride accidents 2012

Wed Jan 25, 2012 9:09 pm

Ok we had one for last year and it created a fair bit of discussion. So here's one for this year. Obviously its not the most pleasant topic to talk about when things go wrong, but people have a right to know what happens where and it also in some ways proves how safe most rides are when you think about how many rides there are out there!


Heres the first one I have heard about this year:


At 11.30am yesterday, five people stared death in the face when the amusement park ride they were on malfunctioned, causing the seats they were strapped in to to free-fall for 16 metres.The accident happened Tuesday at the Van Huong Mai Amusement Park in Chau Phu district in the southern province of An Giang.Le Thi Lanh, Nguyen Thai Hai Dang, Huynh Tuan Khanh, Huynh Thi Xuan Nha and Nguyen Thai Duong from Thoai Son district are the victims who rode the faulty roller coaster.According to an online report on Nguoi Lao Dong, the operation system experienced a technical error while they were being lifted up, and the whole platform supporting them plunged from a height of 16 metres.

The operator of the amusement park sent the victims to the Chau Doc General Hospital for treatment.

Four of the five are in stable health and have been transferred to the private Binh An Hospital in Chau Doc Town, An Giang.However, the condition of the last victim – Ms. Le Thi Lanh, is serious as doctors suspect her spine suffered fractures caused by the fall.Lanh is being monitored at the Chau Doc General Hospital.Local authorities have cordoned off the amusement park pending investigation.
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Sun Feb 05, 2012 5:08 pm

Girl, 12, 'could have been killed' in Birmingham fairground accident

A SCHOOLGIRL could have been killed when she was thrown from a fairground ride in Birmingham, a court heard.

Megan Harrison, aged 12, fell almost 10ft from the Tagada ride and landed on concrete, magistrates were told.

Pamela Folsom, prosecuting, said the consequences could have been “far worse and possibly fatal”.

Ride owner Henry Evans, aged 34 and from Nottingham, yesterday admitted breaching health and safety regulations over the accident at the StarCity complex on October 28, 2009.

He will be sentenced on February 16 and was told he could be fined up to £20,000 or jailed for a maximum of six months.

Ms Folsom said the circular ride had seats but no restraints and moved in one direction for two minutes and the opposite direction for the same period. She said Megan was kneeling on the floor and felt gravitational forces pushing her towards an exit gate as she tried to get up.

She said the girl was eventually forced through the gate and fell, leaving her with a cut shin, a bang on her head and bruises on her right arm and ribs.

Ms Folsom said health and safety officials found a metal bar had been welded to the gate but it had not been there at the time of the accident. Evans told the court he “felt terrible” about what had happened.
 
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Sun Feb 05, 2012 10:13 pm

Ahh, the tagada. The most contreversial fairground ride out there, they are death traps!? Why do people even ride those things?!

To be injured or not to be injured, that is the question...  :P
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Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:47 pm

Been on one and they are great fun, you just need to use common sense when riding and stay seated. I think they will more than likely put seatbelts on them in the near future, but hopefully they wont make you have to be stapled in as it would ruin the ride.
 
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Tue Feb 07, 2012 8:58 pm

Man Dies from Trampoline Park Injury

http://www.myfoxphoenix.com/dpp/news/lo ... y-2-6-2012
 
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:28 pm

http://veja.abril.com.br/noticia/brasil ... -de-menina


A 14-year old girl has died from head injuries and cardiac arrest after falling 20 metres (65ft.) from an Intamin drop tower in Hopi-Hari (home of Thunder Looper), Brazil.

Very shocking news, especially as it's unknown if the girl somehow slipped under the restraint or if the system failed.
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:30 pm

I was reading on TPR, and someone with expertise was saying it's unlikely the harness failed. More likely is host/operator failure. That said, not exactly good news for Intamin, who already have one of the industries less rosy safety records.

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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:35 pm

So the team haven't checked restraints properly? Somebody's getting the sack... :O
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Sat Feb 25, 2012 3:36 pm

SIMR wrote:
So the team haven't checked restraints properly? Somebody's getting the sack... :O


Well nobody knows what the exact reason is yet.
 
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Sat Feb 25, 2012 4:04 pm

Well yes, but that's the inclination by the TPR member? I think they'll have a hard time finding the real reason, even more so if they have to interrogate the ride team.
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:13 am

ANOTHER Intamin death?

Here's ScreamScape's thoughts:

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Park News - (2/27/12) A 14-year old girl died over the weekend when she somehow fell out of the of the Le Torre Eiffel ride (Intamin Giant Drop) at the Hopi Hari theme park in Brazil. According to witnesses, it appeared that her safety restraint somehow came lose as the car entered the magnetic braking area near the bottom of the drop. The restraints are held in place by a double-redundant safety system, with an additional third system in the form of a manually latched safety strap that runs between the legs and hooks on the bottom of the restraint bar.
   
Hopi Hari’s version is a little different from those found on American versions of the ride, which had a simple clip locking the strap instead of a seat-belt style latch. That said, it should have still been just as effective… assuming that it was locked in place during the ride and not unlatched by the rider. While not mentioned in the report, I did talk with a few industry people who have speculated that perhaps she could have been riding with a very loose restraint (hoping for more airtime). If the belt was unlocked by the rider, or left unlocked/unchecked by the ride ops (which also fits in to the theory of how she could have ridden with a very loose restraint), it is possible that force of braking could have allowed her to slip through the gap if she was small, as the restraint was still reported as being in the locked position after the ride. Even still, this is somewhat of a long shot of a theory as the bottom of the seat is contoured, with a bump between the legs.
 
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:33 pm

Nothing much happening in the themepark/attraction world. Some kid suffered minor injuries when he got stuck in a waterslide and was struck by another person going down the same slide.

What's really grabbed my attention is a video I saw on Facebook (Thanks Mark) showing the possible cause of the girls death on Le Torre Eiffel ride  at the Hopi Hari. The video clearly shows the restraint system failing. Now I cannot say for certain that this did happen and this is how the girl died, but it certainly seems like it!

http://rionews.ws/?p=19204
 
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:44 pm

That's quite a scary video really. I hope the fault is due to poor maintainance rather than a fault with the ride system that could appear on any of the others.
 
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Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:45 am

And people wonder why I don't ride Poccy.
 
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:01 am

That is suitably terrifying.  :shock:
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:02 am

Intamin have a terrible safety record, but it's worth noting that this particular incident was the fault of the park.

From Screamscape:
First of all, from what I’ve been told, the actual seat the girl was riding in was said to have been made off-limited and inactive since 2003 by the park. I’m told that the reason this action was taken by the park was that it was determined in 2003 that the Eiffel Tower themed decorative structures that surrounds the lower half of the ride comes a little too close to that particular seat. While your average rider was in no danger of striking it on the way down, if a very tall rider with long legs were to ride in that particular seat, there was a possible danger. To ensure no one would sit in this seat, the local story being told is that it was supposed to have been welded shut, never to be used again. As the seat was taken out of order before the park added the extra crotch belt, it was apparently never fitted with the safety belt.

    Jump ahead nearly a decade to today and it seems that either the seat was never welded shut, or that someone in the maintenance department may have fixed it so that it would open once again. A rider operator is also seemingly to blame here for allowing the girl to ride in the off-limits seat, and for failing to tug on the crotch belt to ensure it was locked… because there was likely no belt to lock at all. This all falls even further to show a training failure for the ride operations team.
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:06 am

Holy Sh1t! That is horrendous!

Can you imagine sitting in that seat? poor girl!
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Sun Mar 11, 2012 8:57 am

By the looks of things, the park removed the locking mechanism from the restraint. Just look at this video of the safety checks.

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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:02 pm

I thaught this incident deserved a topic of its own rather than the accidents topic as it may also explain why drayton have recently replaced the belts on poccy. It really is a shocking event im sure it was horrific to watch.

(February 24, 2012) - At Hopi Hari theme park in São Paulo, Brazil, a 14-year-old girl was killed after falling 80-90 feet from a drop tower named "La Tour Eiffel."
"La Tour Eiffel" features cars which are hoisted to the top of a 224-foot tall tower and then drop 129 feet, reaching speeds of near 60 miles per hour. The cars are floorless, open-air cabins, and allow the riders' legs to dangle beneath them throughout the ride. Electromagnetic brakes bring the cars to a gradual stop at the base of the tower.

According to early reports from witnesses, the girl fell forward as the car was in free fall, and landed face down on the pavement at the base of the tower. She died as she was being rushed to a local hospital.

The ride has been shut down indefinitely while police investigate the accident.

In 1999, a twelve-year-old boy was killed after he fell out of a similar ride at Paramount's Great America theme park in Santa Clara, California. The cause of that accident was never determined.

According to park officials, the victim's seat should not have been occupied because it did not have a functioning restraint system. The seat was not used -- along with at least one other seat on a different car -- because it was possible that taller riders sitting in these outer seats could bump their feet onto the decorative metal structure surrounding the bottom portion of the ride. The seat had been out of service for ten years.
A statement from Hopi Hari faulted maintenance workers for failing to designate the seat as being out of service on the day of the accident. They also acknowledged that each rider's restraints should have been checked manually by ride operators.

In 2002, the ride's manufacturer called for the installation of seat belts on all of its drop tower models as a backup restraint device. The seat belts were designed to connect the shoulder harness to the seat at a point between the rider's legs. The belt was never installed onto the victim's seat, because the seat was not in service in 2002, and park officials intended that the seat would never be used.

The park has been ordered closed for at least ten days while each ride is inspected and all procedures, maintenance logs, and training practices are reviewed.


Its quite scary watching the video of what actually happened and if im right im not sure but there wasnt a seatbelt anyway! I mean it cant cost that much to add one flaming buckle, just incase something like this happened?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... PhuWUCKZ4A

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P9eXij6z ... re=related

Can someone also confirm this is an intamin drop tower or is it another manafacturer?
 
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Re: Ride accidents 2012

Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:27 pm

It's sad what happened. :(
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