I guarantee you they are inspecting it on a more than regular basis. The Japanese are nuts about that sort of thing. However, you can't stop a mechanism or part from failing (a wheel coming apart) simply because you look at it, or replace it. Many times, a new part is faulty to begin with, and it's simply a matter of time before it disintegrates. This sounds to me to be the case. Still, I wasn't there....
This sounds like it happened after the big pretzel turnaround, heading into the block brakes before the 8 bunnies. That is the only place that is that low to the ground, only going that speed, and at the right angle to shoot a wheel over into the pools. Sheesh! Bad stuff here.... Let's hope for the best. ------------------ Rob - Jerk/Loser - Standing up for the unfunny and unattractive. - Click here for details *** This post was edited by nasai 8/23/2003 1:14:00 PM ***
I would imagine so, although they can't necessarily be responsible for a parks' maintenance. I guess we'll see if there are any lawsuits. ------------------ Rob - Jerk/Loser - Standing up for the unfunny and unattractive. - Click here for details
Only 1 hour a day is spent on maintenance & inspection of this beast? even SF does a better,more thorough job of inspecting/maintaining their coasters every day before opening them.
SF spends as much as 4 hours per coaster going through the inspection/maintenance/testing procedures before opening to the public,as for SD2K's fabricator (Morgan manufacturing) they will most certainly get wind of it because they designed & built every single component including the wheels of SD2K's trains.
That is a nasty accident, and one which should not have happened!
What can cause the loss of MULTIPLE wheels? Even if a car loses all its front left (or right) wheels, it shouldnt derail. It must have been a broken axle, but there should be back-up safety device for this case.
I am absolutely shocked and depressed by this accident. I just hope that the press is not jumping on it, since it is in Japan. But I think we will hear from it all its goriness.
Its a miracle that only one person in the full train was injured , and tragically ironic, that a person so far away from the ride was hit by a wheel...
What is more amazing to me is that some of you actually think that we here in the states have a higher standard for our inspections? Ludicrous. If you were to pick one country in the world where our standards (OSHA, whatever) were laughed at more, it would be Japan. They are the masters at over-inspection. This is an accident. Not something that happened due to neglect or poor maintenance factors.
Just ask those poor souls of Alaska Flight 209. At least coasters don't have jack screws. ------------------ Rob - Jerk/Loser - Standing up for the unfunny and unattractive. - Click here for details
I heard on T.V., MAnderson, that the wheels are made of iron because the friction from the track heating up polyurethane wheels would melt the wheels. The wheels are also extra big because the revolutions would be too great and heat up the wheel too fast.
I believe this is the reason, I saw the show a while ago so I might be a little off
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Considering that Morgan Manfacturing no longer exists, not much. I don't know how much liability Chance-Morgan assumed when the firm was formed. I do know that they supply parts, but I don't know if they are responsible for possible design flaws.