The Orange County Register is reporting that the manufacturer of Perilous Plunge said the woman who died recently on the attraction was too big for the seat belt to close properly. "If a person is too big, (the restraint system) cannot close properly," said Sandor Kernacs, president of ride manufacturer Intamin AG.
Read more from The Orange County Register.
However... if a person is too big, the restraints should not be able to close at all, not "not close properly". Also, if the restraints are not closed properly or are not being properly used, it is the ride crew who should be the ones to catch this and either correct it or inform the person that they will not be allowed to ride.
No matter how much we may love these rides, we still should try to look at things objectively. The only thing that the individual rider did was board the ride and close the restraints. The restraints did close (though not properly) and the ride crew did not catch that they were not closed properly or were not being properly used. IN this case I would say it is a design flaw in combination with negligence (unintentional) on the part of the ride crew.
The assumption is... if you get into a ride and the restraints close and the ride crew does not correct them, the rider has reason to assume that they are safe.
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This is one of those situations where "everyone" failed.
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Okay, so this person had a 58" waist. Was she not able to pull the lap bar down at all? Were her legs so short that the bar wouldn't extend over her thighs? That's where the real restraint should be happening; the seat belt shouldn't be necessary at all except as a measuring device!
And what's this nonsense about putting the seat belt under her abdomen instead of around it? Except on bumper cars, a lap belt should NEVER go around a rider's abdomen or waist, it should ALWAYS go over the hips and thighs. Put it around your abdomen and first of all, you'll slide right out, and second, in the event of an incident that requires restraint, you'll suffer internal injuries. After all, why do you think it is called a LAP belt?!
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Her seatbelt was fastened securely when the boat returned to the station. It wouldn't have made a difference whether it used "standard" or "Intamin" style seatbelts.
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Dave, as someone who has ridden PP many times and who prefers the back row for its major, ejector air [and no, that is NOT a pun] I can tell you that both the lap bar and seat belt are indeed needed. Heck even with both I'm still scared sh--sh--to death when I'm just about to go over that drop.
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Rideman said (about belts)
ALWAYS go over the hips and thighs. Put it around your abdomen and first of all, you'll slide right out, and second, in the event of an incident that requires restraint, you'll suffer internal injuries. After all, why do you think it is called a LAP belt?!
Ever since I saw this accident I have tried this with Millennium Force. I noticed If I pull the belt up from my lap onto my abdoman/stomach right before a spot of airtime it is a lot easier to slide up and out of the seat (of course I don't go anywhere:))
This is what intrigues me( from the article)
Intamin said the water coaster's seat belts only extend about 50 inches around. However, Falfas said the seat belt could extend to 65 inches.
Sounds kind of contradicted don't you think? 15 inches is quite a difference! I always though the belt was to keep people who are large in that area off the ride so that bar (somewhat flawed IMO) will touch their legs instead of their crotch/abdoman. Unfortunately that did not happen.
I think that the belt should NOT be the primary restraint and should act only as a device to gauge whether or not the restrain will function properly. That is my theory after the large man fell out of SROS since the restraint were not changed and just belts were added.
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There is no way to make a ride accessible to every different body shape out there.
I can tell you we have about the most strict safety procedures at SFGAm that I've seen and I've talked with other workers who have been to many other parks.
For example, ummm...ride op's jumping off a lowering floor platen(like on batman) on a invert at the last moment before the train starts to move. Now that is extreme, but just an example of how many parks don't have such strict safety guidelines.
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