Posted Wednesday, October 30, 2002 3:35 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Patron error is the leading factor involved in most fair ride accidents, according to information released today by Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson. He says 76% of these accidents can be attributed to rider behavior.
Read more from The Orlando Business Journal.
Well, I hope we didn't pay a lot for that study. No surprise there.
My first day on the job at the Magic Kingdom we got sent over to Pirates of the Caribbean for a complete evacuation. A woman had jumped out of the boat b/c she didn't want to go down the small "hill". Her husband, fearing for her safety, jumped out after her.
While the woman managed to get out of the water onto the scenery, her husband was not so fortunate. He got trapped in between two boats and broke both his legs.
Moral of the story: Follow the instructions. Don't climb out of a moving ride.
"Also, most accidents occur on rides where patrons have some degree of control. ie Antique car rides. However, it's worth mentioning that while 75% of all accidents involve rider conduct these are concentrated on the minor accidents, down to and including twisted ankles getting in and out of rides. The statistics are different for very serious accidents. Only about 30% of fatalities have rider misconduct as their primary cause."
Although only 30% of rider fatalities is caused by rider error(which seems low to me) a rider has a one to one billion chance of getting killed on a theme park ride. That number shows how safe the industry is and how much the industry cares about rider safety. I believe rides these days are as safe as they possibly can be.
The big risk of course is driving to and from the park. The second largest risk of dying on your trip is dying from the heat at the park. Guess we won't have to worry about that one this weekend. But, we might have to worry about ice.
The 30% number is based on my database of ride fatalities for the last 25 or so years. That number is refering to the primary cause. Often an accident has several contributing causes.
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
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The most recent fatal, ride related accident at Disneyland was a patron who was struck by a cleat ripped loose from the dock when the riverboat overshot its mooring. The accident was in no way the victem's fault.
I repeat. If you look at the actual incidents about 1 fatal accident in three is primarily the rider's fault. The majority of minor accidents tend to be the riders fault, but not fatalities.
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