On our local NBC station they ran a story on a local man with a prosethetic leg who was told he could not go on the new ride. The reason gave was that the ride was not tested for people with physical handicaps yet. The man and his wife are considering a lawyer. Our local media never likes Kennywood anyway. The accident on the t-bolt(I think last year) was the lead story for days on every newscast. They all had stories about PR being late, but barely gave it 8 seconds when it opened. Any opinions?
My reply is simple, their court case doesn't have a leg to stand on if you'll pardon the very sad late night pun. *g* Kennywood has every right to refuse entry to the ride for any reason they'd like to state as they own the property and patrons are allowed to enter by the permission of the park. While I agree with the guy that it would suck to go to KW and not be able to ride it is *clearly* within their rights to refuse him.
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Yes, the Media and Lawyers have destroyed just about everything. I'm trying to find a park I can sue due to my diabetes. Any Opinions? Certainly I jest.
I certainly don't know the history behind this story, and I'm quite sure our beloved media has twisted and turned the scenario to meet their needs. I certainly don't know how this ride (I'm assuming Phantom's Revenge) would make things complicated for someone with a prosthetic limb. Certainly an Inverted and/or Floorless might create a potential problem for both rider and patron below.
As far as opinions, "What do you get when you have the general media and 99% of Lawyers buried up to their neck in concrete?" - Not enough concrete!!!
The Thunderbolt accident happened two years ago. Remember "If it Bleeds it Leads". I doubt the local media hates Kennywood. It's just so much more "exciting" to have an accident in the news. Coasters=danger=bigger ratings. New coaster opening=blah. Ever notice how boring the weather report is until you have a blizzard coming? A beautiful day just isn't as exciting as 2 feet of snow and potential deaths and mayhem.
Just last night I was going over Holiday World's regulations for severely handicapped persons, my little brother has cerebral palsy, and they stressed that they want every rider to be able to evacuate a ride as quickly and as effortlessly as possible. He can't walk or hold on himself. He has a chair, so the only thing he can really enjoy is the train at Hershey Park. Their caboose can fit a wheelchair. I wanted to know if H.W.'s was the same. No.
*** This post was edited by daisybean on 5/23/2001. ***
I think PA law is like Ohio law where if the park and/or ride op feels the guest can't ride safely, they can't ride.
I think parks have been very accommodating for physical disabilities, but there is some line you just can't cross. Riding coasters is a physically demanding activity. Do you sue if you can't do the rock climbing walls or are too tall to ride the go-karts?
And by the way... don't blame "The Media" for the world's ills. I've been a member of said media my entire professional life and don't like being used as a scapegoat for delivering what the audience wants. Turn back and look at society and culture, "The Media" has to put food on the table.
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Is there really a difference between not letting someone to ride who is too short versus not letting someone to ride who has a prosethetic leg? They have determined that these situations are high-risk and therefore they can't ride.
If they had allowed the man to ride the coaster and he was hurt due to his prosethetic leg we would also have another lawsuit.
Jeff said: "And by the way... don't blame "The Media" for the world's ills. I've been a member of said media my entire professional life and don't like being used as a scapegoat for delivering what the audience wants. Turn back and look at society and culture, "The Media" has to put food on the table."
But the question becomes: "Did the media simply provide supply for the existing demand, or did the media create the demand with its constant supply?"...kinda like that whole chicken and egg thing... lata, jeremy --who doesnt have the answer to the media question, but belives the chicken came first...
The park, being careful and cautious, does not let the guy with the artifical leg ride because the ride has not been tested for this situaiton. Results, the guy sues and the park gets some negative press because of their "insensitivity".
On the other hand...
The park lets the guy ride. Something happens to injure (or worse) him and/or other riders. Results, the man (or his surivors) sue, other injured (or their survivors) sue, and the park gets a whole lot of bad publicity because of their negligance.
I think it wise to err on the side of caution and risk a law suit that way. ------------- "Resistance is futile... you will be assimilated." The BORG's (and Six Flags') motto.
Under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), public accomadations, such as ammusement parks, are required to make "reasonable accomadations" for the handicapped.
As applies the roller coasters, I would think that you would not be allowd to ride an invert with a prosthetic leg, thought you would probalbly be allowed to leave it in the station and ride, provided that you have enough stump left to allow proper restrain in the seat.
For a sit down coaster it might well depend on the nature of the prosthesis. Some may simply not be able to fit in the car. The excuse that we haven't tested it yet for prosthetic legs sounds a bit lame. How do you test a coaster for use with prostheric legs? Get a hundred people with prosthetic legs and see how many fly out? Remember that each prostehtic leg is a custom design. The correct spproach is probably the same used by most parks with large people. Put them in the car and see if they fit and can be properly restrained.
Interesting that you bring up the leg on an inverter thing. My wife's first ride on Raptor was delayed the year it opened because a guy lost his leg. I think it's safe to say that if the guy was wearing pants you couldn't tell he had it. Still, can you imagine if he lost it going in or out of a loop? It would most certainly hit someone, especially at the base of the vertical loop.
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Jeff said: "I think it's safe to say that if the guy was wearing pants you couldn't tell he had it"
I work with a guy who has a prosthetic leg below the knee. I doubt that any ride operator could spot it with long pants on. Even knowing about it I barely see the difference in his walk. One good thing is modern prosthetic legs are usually carbon fibre and weigh no more than a sneaker. Of course I wouldn't want to be hit by a sneaker doing 50 mph.
I pushed my buddy around SFWoA in a wheel chair on Mother's Day. He had a hard cast on his leg. The Ops allowed us to ride ALL coasters and actually let us do two laps per ride, so that we didn't have to go down the elevator, then back up.
A) Is this safe? B) Is it that all inverts at SFWoA are over wetlands, so we get to ride them? C) Or, is it that the cast was secure enough to ride?
Why not just take the D*mn leg off. I mean I can understand if his whole lap is prostestic. But he could slide it off and still ride. anyway the ride is sitdown and enclosed. His leg is not going anywhere. I could understand a inverted standup or the B&M sitdowns where the seats recline like on their hyperes or wildfire.