The safety precautions of carnie workers...
What was the worker doing on the ride in the first place, and how did the other worker not know he was on it?
I guess their training is barely much of anything vs. how amusement park chains train their employees of the safety in working these mechanical monsters.
So far we've seen two ride operators die due to some rather stupid errors in judgement while doing pre-op inspections & we've already seen at least 3 park patrons injured or killed while riding due to either ride malfunction/operator error & poor judgement/rider misconduct.
We're not even in the peak operating season & it seems as if we're hearing about one fatality/injury after another....if this keeps up it looks to be a bad year ahead for the amusement industry.
I used to live about 3 miles from Gibralter Trade Center in Taylor, Michigan. Wade Shows used to do carnivals all around the area. I would never attend one of them and especially never ride any rides as they had frequent accidents.
The employee's injuries were reportedly so severe that a medical helicopter was turned away.
"He was caught in between it," rescuer Shane Anders said.
As mentioned above, a padlock or even simply saying "hey, I'm going to be working on the ride" could have prevented this. A guess would be that this person was a more-seasoned member of the crew since he was from Orlando and not from the Detroit area.
I pray we don't have any more of these senseless tragedies. My thoughts are with the victim's family, as well as the ride-op and the child.
Sad to hear, all will be in our thoughts and prayers...
Lock-Out, Tag-Out....it's not JUST a good idea, it's absolutely essential. And no, this doesn't happen ONLY at carnivals....carnival and fair rides are as safe as the people running them.
My thoughts go out to the family of the worker.
*** Edited 4/23/2004 8:26:13 PM UTC by Rich_Johnson***
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