Geauga Lake terminates three employees for not checking restraints

Posted Monday, August 2, 2004 9:57 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Three Geauga Lake ride operators were terminated for allowing a train on the Double Loop to dispatch without the restraints being locked. The old Arrow looper requires the restraints to be locked by setting a pedal on the side of each car. If a pedal is not in the correct position, the ride is automatically stopped.

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Monday, August 2, 2004 10:00 PM
If it's configured like CP's Corkscrew, there's a proximity switch that detects the pedal at the edge of the station. If it counts too few pedals it stops the ride.

I wasn't aware that prox switches, around for decades, were "high tech eyes!" :)

Good for the park for canning the idiots. Fortunately, as Joel always says, "Computers operate rides, people just dispatch them."

Monday, August 2, 2004 10:09 PM
Cedar Fair talks the talk, and walks the walk

Good Move

Monday, August 2, 2004 10:20 PM
I believe that the switches are located right before the lift, but someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
Monday, August 2, 2004 10:21 PM
Some of the guys at Double Loop didn't seem to know what they were doing or know Cedar Fair policies... Like how nice it was of them to let a family reride in the front seat while we were already there waiting for it. Go CF.


Monday, August 2, 2004 11:07 PM
I haven't even been to GL this year and I've read in at least a few separate TRs that the employees at GL -- and especially Double Loop -- are not at all up to CF standards. Good move for firing them and let's hope that next year brings GL employee housing.
Monday, August 2, 2004 11:21 PM
Makes you wonder what people are thinking.

Why would you lock the rest of the train and not the front row?

Monday, August 2, 2004 11:57 PM
Actually, Corkscrew used to have a mechanical limit switch on the left side of the station. Only if a pedal is down (unlocked) would the switch be tripped and the ride would stop.*** This post was edited by JamesB 8/3/2004 12:13:20 AM ***
Tuesday, August 3, 2004 7:12 AM
There's a big round proximity sensor on the right side of the station, right next to the operator's panel. That's the prox that counts the pedals. The reason it stopped on the lift is because the lift is the first place it could be safely stopped after leaving the station.

Safety's no accident!!

Tuesday, August 3, 2004 7:57 AM
Phantom's Revenge has pedals like them but I'm not sure if they have a safety system on them or not. You would have to ask kpjb for someone.
Tuesday, August 3, 2004 8:04 AM
When I was at SFWOA last year, they had the worst ride ops on Double Loop. I wonder if it was the same crew!
Tuesday, August 3, 2004 8:16 AM
Well, there are some factual errors with the article, not that it is a surprise or anything.

The trains are unlocked when the operator kicks the pedal down. To lock the restraint, the operators raise the kick stop up with their toes.

Crash, it isn't likely the same crew though it is possible that a couple of people are carryovers from last year.

Tuesday, August 3, 2004 9:33 AM
No, it wasent the same crew, Crashmando

When I was there two weeks ago, the opts seemed pretty busy talking with one another

Tuesday, August 3, 2004 12:18 PM
razore, Phantom's Revenge does not have a pedal locking system as found on Double Loop. (The restraints are locked and unlocked automatically). However, you may be confused with the smaller pedals found on the back of each car that can manually unlock the restraints when pushed down.
Tuesday, August 3, 2004 1:38 PM
What is it about this ride... The same thing happened to me back in the SFWoA Days...
Wednesday, August 4, 2004 4:26 PM
Thank god for the engineers of the coaster, that that feature is on that coaster. The other thing is Geauga Lake should of offered a reembursment pass or/and dinner or something better, than that, I mean would you want to ride rides if something like that happened to you?
Tuesday, August 10, 2004 12:09 PM
I can understand having height and safety regulations. But when the employees don't follow them it puts everyone in danger. I actually believe more than 3 should have been let go. I was recenlty there on July 21, 2004. We were with a group of about 20 including children. Depending on who was operating a ride at a certain time, the kids would get on. 1 minute they were tall enough the next they were too short. Plus we seen children smaller than our going on the same ride ours were turned away from. And they had non speaking English people taking money for tickets out front. I'm ok with people coming to our country and getting a job. But when i give you a 2 day pass coupon for money off a 2 day pass I expect a 2 day pass, NOT A 1 DAY PASS. After receiving my 1 day pass when i wanted a 2 day pass , i had to wait in another line to get my refund and the right pass.

We aired our complaints about the staff but got no where but pushed off on someone else. so we had a 2 day pass and didn't want to come back another day and miserable.

As far as the letting go of these employees i feel alot more than these 3 should be let go. If Cedar Point (who owns them ) is so up on safety then why are they employees making their own rules?

I will never go here again.

I also seen other Mother's complaing the same day i was about the same thing. What does that tell you?


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