Posted Wednesday, March 8, 2006 9:18 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Police plan to charge a Seoul amusement park safety supervisor for negligence over the death of a 28-year-old employee who fell from a roller coaster. The worker, identified as Sung, fell from the Atlantis, an incorporated roller coaster and flume ride, at the Lotte World amusement park in Chamsil, southeastern Seoul, at 5:20 p.m. Monday.
Read more from The Korea Times.
How are employees going to make sure everyone is sober? That being said, I can't believe they didn't check his restraints. That being said, why does the ride even allow the vehicle to dispatch with open restraints?
Seems like there is plenty of blame to go around.
Oh, and it circles around three times? Huh?
You must be joking! While the rider certainly shares a large portion of the blame, just because he was drinking/ was drunk, does not give the ride operators the right to not check his restraints.
So much for the Intamin bashing from the previous news release. This is not the fault of Intamin, but the fault of the operators of the ride and the rider himself.
That being said, why does the ride even allow the vehicle to dispatch with open restraints?
As far as I know, there is just one company that constructs their rides such that they cannot dispatch unless the restraints are pushed to a safe level. This is actually not uncommon.
Like Nate said, not uncommon at all.
I know no ride operator is going to send me out on a coaster without checking the restaints...I want that certainty that everything is locked down correctly from them.
I hope this isn't too out of place, but...As I was looking at this parks coasters on RCDB I came across this picture from their "Atlantis Adventure" water coaster. Look how close this thing cmes to the water!
But these two employee's Choice to ride without belting in caused this.His fellow employee was also not belted in.
These two idiots were probably standing load area and riding in any empty row.So this may not have been their first ride without restraints.The ride ops probably assumed that they would close their own restraints(they may have even been ride ops)
I think the ride op should be fired but charging him with a crime is taking this to far.The local officials are bowing to pressure to charge this as a crime .
The other employee riding without restraints should also be fired.
I think most of us know that one of the English phrases most likely to result in someone visiting an emergency room is, "Hey, guys, watch this!". Add "Hold my beer a minute" and you have a recipe for disaster.
I think there is a non-zero probability that this was not the first time these particular riders had ridden the ride without the "safety gadgets" in place.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
"The minute these things don't scare you, that's when you're in trouble." --J.W.
One of the restraints in question is a seat belt. We all know those things have never, ever been opened by a rider after the train leaves the station. But since it appears the ops admitted to not checking the restraints, I guess that becomes a moot point.
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