Carnival Worker Killed On Ride

Thursday, April 22, 2004 11:16 PM
A news story just ran in the Detroit area about a carnival worker killed on a ride tonight. It sounds like the worker was on top of the ride and then another worker, not knowing he was there, started the ride. The ride was similar to a Magic Carpet type ride. I tried to find a link but was unable to; this must have just happened. If I find a link I will post it. The desriciption of the accident was really gruesome, lets hope people learn form this and it doesn't happen again.
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Friday, April 23, 2004 9:39 AM
http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/3034275/detail.html
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Friday, April 23, 2004 9:44 AM
Yet another lock-out/tag-out failure on an amusement ride. All you have to do is throw the disconnect and put a lock on it. Pad locks are cheap, and they save lives.
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Friday, April 23, 2004 9:58 AM
**sigh**

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.

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Friday, April 23, 2004 12:50 PM
Man this just seems to get worse & worse.

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.

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Friday, April 23, 2004 1:06 PM
Wade Shows is notorious for hiring unskilled workers and then throwing them on the job with no training. I had a few friends in high school that worked for them. Back then it was a shady operation with some very interesting and weird individuals working for them.

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.

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Friday, April 23, 2004 1:07 PM
Glad I didn't stop at this the other day :) Even if I would have only gotten a corn dog.
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Friday, April 23, 2004 2:28 PM
This sad news.I hope the press doesnt do that stupid report stating Amusement parks and Carnival rides are unsafe jeez.
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Friday, April 23, 2004 2:41 PM
Very sad to hear. My thoughts are with his family.
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Friday, April 23, 2004 3:53 PM

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.

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Friday, April 23, 2004 3:58 PM
Exactly, jimmybob.

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.

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Friday, April 23, 2004 4:23 PM
The scariest thing about this accident, is that I went to the carnival. I live a few minutes away from it.

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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