Posted Tuesday, May 14, 2002 4:41 AM | Contributed by Shawn
International Theme Park Services, Inc., announced the formation of the Leisure Entertainment Safety Division of ITPS nicknamed "S.A.F.E." (Safe Attractions for Everyone). The new division will assist parks in the development of operating and maintenance manuals, safety, maintenance and operational audits, and programs for crisis media communications. The ITPS manuals incorporate procedures for testing, operating, training and maintaining, as well as stipulating ride restrictions for size and disabled guests. The S.A.F.E. audits provide clients with a program for a detailed review of the facility's operation and makes recommendations on those areas requiring improvement.
Current favorite coasters:
Wooden: 1) Beast 2) Raven 3) Son of Beast 4) The Boss 5) Timber Wolf
Steel: 1) Raging Bull 2) Millennium Force 3) V2 4) Wild Thing 5) Mr. Freeze
I saw this coming. It plays to the fears of park operators in light of some bad press in the last year. As long as they know what they're talking about, it couldn't hurt, especially for smaller operations that might not have the right expertise on staff.
Jeff - Webmaster/Admin - CoasterBuzz.com, Sillynonsense.com
"As far as I can tell it doesn't matter who you are. If you can believe, there's something worth fighting for..." - Garbage, "Parade"
Just as a follow up...ITPS has been providing input on safety policies, procedures and regulations for the industry for many years. Dennis Speigel, president of the company was a past president of IAAPA. He also was assistant GM of Kings Island when it opened, and GM of Kings Dominion when it opened. Mr. Speigel has also been chairman of the Crisis Media Task Force committee for IAAPA and has written many articles on the topic of park safety. During the events of a few years ago when accidents were higher than normal, he was the one the media regularly contacted for comment.
Also, Ken Vondriska is the chairman of the Safety Committee for the IALEI (International Association for the Leisure and Entertainment Industry)
In this industry it is much better to be proactive than reactive.
At least I dont call a vertical loop a "loopdie-loop"!
At least they're not restricting speed, height, G-forces, etc.
The rides will still be fun, but the employees will now have to do their job instead of just milling around.
KoRn - Untouchables, June 11th, 2002
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