Man falls from scaffolding at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure

Posted Tuesday, May 28, 2002 4:49 AM | Contributed by Jeff

A worker at Six Flags Worlds of Adventure fell this morning from scaffolding where he was doing routine mainteance on X-Flight.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 4:53 AM
why is everyone dying!? :(
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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 4:56 AM
This man is still alive...
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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 4:57 AM

This latest worker didn't die.

Well, there's the third. If things happen in threes, we should be done for a good long time.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 5:02 AM
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Maybe he was shocked the queue was so empty yesterday.;)

But all kidding aside, at least he is alive and has non-fatal injuries. Hope he gets back up to prime condition soon.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 6:03 AM
Gee, it's been a bad weekend for Six Flags...!

--Dave Althoff, Jr.
Who notes that X-Flight was not at all busy yesterday...

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 6:03 AM

Not that we need to be told this, but the best way to show 20/20 and all the news stations that will inevitibly run some sort of story that will be along the lines of "Amusement Parks Kill People! Shut Them All Down!" - get out to those 6 Flags parks, give them some of their best attendance weekends they've ever had. Show that those of us that are "in the know" still trust the safety of their parks and all others.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 6:22 AM
WOW, talk about fast breaking news...

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I fool so feelish....

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 6:44 AM
Man, three accidents at three seperate SF parks in the span of three days,this doesn't look like a promising start to the full summer season if you ask me.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 7:23 AM
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Sure, but it should be noted that two had nothing to do with normal operation of the ride for guests (these are occupational safety issues) and the third was pretty questionable circumstances (reminds me of the Drop Zone incident). These have nothing to do with the G-force nonsense that our favorite politician has been high on.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 7:27 AM
Exactly was I was thinking Jeff, but one has to wonder how Markey will try and use this.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 7:34 AM
Does this mean the park will be closed at all today or anything?
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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 8:11 AM
The accident at SFWoA sounds like it wouldn't have made the news at all if it hadn't happened at an amusement park. It certainly wouldn't have made the news if the same injuries had occurred in an auto accident.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 8:21 AM
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Just lay off the Markey crap. My God, I've deleted nearly every instance of a Markey comment because they have nothing to do with each other. By even brining it up you water down intelligent arguments against his causes because they don't have anything to do with these accidents.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 9:41 AM

But we digress...

The maintenence guy at WoA fell only fifteen feet from a platform to the ground. There are only really 3 spots this could have happened: the station, the final brake run or the transfer track area at the bottom of the lift.

With the heavy rains in northern Ohio last night and this morning, it'll be no surprise if the investigation results in:

"Oops! I slipped."

By the way, its reported that the guy is doing just fine.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 10:14 AM
In an industrial setting it is supposed to be impossible, or at least difficult, to fall more than nine feet (because a 6' lanyard is permitted to stretch to 1.5x its original length under shock loading).

Whether it makes sense or not (and I agree, the cause will probably be "Oops! I slipped.") there will probably be a finding that proper procedures were not followed.

But then, that is the case with all three of the Six Flags incidents......

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 11:02 AM
I would like to add that at least the first two accidents were not caused by mechanical reasons. Most of the people are afraid of these rides because of the event of a mechanical failure. They were not responsibility of the parks. The other one is an accident at work place. I work at GE, on the Gas Turbine Services, and well, accidents happen. There was no lack of maintenance or something like that here. As RideMan says, it was surely caused because the worker did not follow the procedures. My prayers for the families of the two victims.
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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 3:31 PM

If proper procedures are not being followed by these employees, perhaps there needs to be better safety training at Six Flags and other theme parks.

Unfortunately, you can't train common sense.

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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 4:17 PM
This just plain out sucks. The man who fell was a nice guy and his work will be missed at Xflight. I can't wait to see him back at the park again. *** This post was edited by LTLWcbYbe on 5/28/2002. ***
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Tuesday, May 28, 2002 4:45 PM

I think it's premature to say that he "didn't follow procedures" without the whole story, don't you? Or that he wasn't exercising common sense? And besides, accidents happen all the time when people follow correct procedure in the workplace.....at least in my world they do.

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