PA Rides Safety Seminar 10/28-10/31

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Saturday, November 3, 2001 9:57 AM
Well, some people get to go to IAAPA, and the rest of us get the consolation prize: a trip to scenic Reading, PA, home of just about nothing. 

Generally, there is nothing dicussed here that is of any interest to those outside of the amusement industry, but I figured I'd put up a TR to show how, if it's done right, the mix of government interaction with rides can actually be a good thing.  

A few points that I thought you may be interested in:

1)The seminar is a requirement once every three years if you want to be a licensed ride inspector in PA.  (For parks and carnivals, and even those rental places, too.) 

2) Fixed-site rides must be inspected monthly, rentals and traveling shows must have a state inspection EVERY TIME they assemble a ride.

3)PA has 4,639 licensed rides... more than any other state or even any other country;  there are 737 PA instpectors to go along with 'em.

4)Of all accidents on rides, 86% are attributed to human error.  Only 6% are from mechanical problems.

5)Cable drive Tilt-A-Whirls are very reliable, E-7 electrical models are sh... are not.

6)Dutch Wonderland will not be changing names once the Herco deal is finalized in a couple of weeks.  Hersheypark is sending one of their team to be the new GM, however, and DW should see 2 new rides next year, one being a kiddie ride.  No major expansions or rides are planned now for the park, but a whole lot of infrastructural improvements are...  (paint, putting electrical lines underground, etc.)

7)Those guys from Knoebel's sure are friendly.

8)One inspector went to a location with an inflatable Moonwalk-style ride.  The regulation is 200 lbs. of weight at each tie down.  There was a cinder block of about 50 pounds there with a 150 pound girl standing on it.  When asked why she was there, she said that they ran out of weights, so her job was to stand on the block all day.

9)To lower a Power Surge when it's stuck in the air, you disconnect one hose, and connect another.  Then release the pressure valve slowly.  It takes 3 minutes to lower.  Hopefully, someone told those people who had one stuck in the air for 3 hours how to do this.

10) I will never get on a Tornado.

Well, that's about it.  My next trip is to Cleveland.  Lucky me.

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Saturday, November 3, 2001 7:58 PM
Sounds an lot like an AIMS conference. This year we're going to meet in the "Big D" , Dallas for the uninitiated.
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Saturday, November 3, 2001 8:14 PM
kbjb says:

8)One inspector went to a location with an inflatable Moonwalk-style ride. The regulation is 200 lbs. of weight at each tie down. There was a cinder block of about 50 pounds there with a 150 pound girl standing on it. When asked why she was there, she said that they ran out of weights, so her job was to stand on the block all day.

That struck me funny. Did they say what the inspector did about this?

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Sunday, November 4, 2001 7:52 AM
<<10) I will never get on a Tornado. >>
Might I ask why not?
I used to run of these, albeit briefly.  It replaced our electrically driven Tilt-A-Whirl, as a matter of fact.
~ Michael ~

*** This post was edited by Chernabog on 11/4/2001. ***

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Tuesday, November 6, 2001 3:13 PM
Where's the amusement park? I thought it was a TR!

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Monday, November 12, 2001 12:54 PM
Well, I just got back from the Land of Cleves, the Mistake on the Lake, blah blah blah.... it was actually much better than I had anticipated.  Much to my surprise, when I went to the "Circus" there were neither elephants nor ferris wheels.  Satisfying nonetheless.

Dutchman:  Much the same, except not sponsored by the industry or manufacturers in any way.

Chitown:  I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that that's a violation, although I don't remember specifically what they did  (They had a nice picture of it on the overhead, though.)

Chernabog:  Which Tornado did you run, the fair version built by a no-name company, or the other Tornado, built by a major manufacturer (although I forget which one)?  The one we inspected was the cheapo travelling version, and it just seemed pretty shoddily made to me from top to bottom.

MovieCoast:  that's why there's a topic column. 

So long.

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Thursday, November 15, 2001 5:02 AM
kpjb, is Geno still at KW?
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Thursday, November 15, 2001 11:49 AM
Yep.  Talked to him this afternoon.
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Friday, November 16, 2001 2:42 PM
Hung out with Geno and the  guys at a couple of the AIMS safety seminars. Being from "the Valley" it was like a little piece of home.
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