Consultant says pad lock would have prevented Lake Compounce fatality

Posted Thursday, June 28, 2001 5:29 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A consultant for Lake Compounce said what many former ride operators on CoasterBuzz said following the death of a groundskeeper who was struck by the operating Boulder Dash coaster: A pad lock would have prevented the accident. A "lock out" on the ride should have been performed by anyone who was working around it.

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Thursday, June 28, 2001 6:44 AM
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Thursday, June 28, 2001 9:03 AM
When I was at Kennywood one morning I asked a maintenance person why they had a padlock and explained the same reason. I wonder why LC wouldn't have the same policy since they are owned by the same people.
Thursday, June 28, 2001 9:45 AM
Chances are the groundskeepers are not included in the lock-out program. As silly as that seems. But remember, the groundskeepers were not working on the ride, they were working under it, and any of us who have actually seen wood coasters already know that virtually all of the space under a wood coaster is reasonably safe even when the ride is operating. Even the area where the guy was working would have been safe had he not poked his head up between the track ties.

Which is why I re-iterate my comment from . While having the groundskeepers lockout the ride would have prevented the incident, a more practical solution might have been a physical barrier beneath the track to prevent anyone from getting into a hazardous position, thus making a lockout unnecessary for people working under the ride.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Thursday, June 28, 2001 6:15 PM
Absolutely RideMan! At Cedar Point, they actually do both. A padlock physically locks the control panel so that you cannot just start the ride without removing it, and there are chain link fences around any ride low zones -- the Raptor Helix, the bottoms of hills (even the Iron Dragon, where it is out on the island and covered with brush), etc. A further precaution is that whenever Maintenance is working on a ride and not in the control room, they put a BIG wooden sign over the controls that says "MAINTENANCE -- DO NOT OPERATE" just in case anyone (managment, maintenance, or operators) comes along for any reason. Perhaps something that simple would have helped as well, as notification that someone was beneath the ride.

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Thursday, June 28, 2001 10:11 PM
Or even a maintanence keyed lockout on the controls... which is standard.

Still, it obviously was already in testing, so a lockout at the controls wouldn't have helped...
Thursday, June 28, 2001 10:50 PM
According to the article, it sounds like they broke OHSA regulations by not locking out the ride. I smell some fines.
Batwing-Bow Down
Friday, June 29, 2001 11:35 AM
Personally... I'm amazed that they don't already have a lock-out program out there. I know around here (Disneyland Resort), there is a lockout for ANYONE inside a ride's systems or even just inside the barriers of an attraction. I think the same system needs to be put into place as soon as possible at Lake Compounce.


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