Posted Monday, July 22, 2013 12:39 PM | Contributed by Jeff
The death of a Dallas woman who fell from the Texas Giant roller coaster Friday was only the second guest fatality in the park’s 52-year history. Although serious accidents are rare, Six Flags Over Texas visitors have contacted The Dallas Morning News with their concerns about the park’s staffing levels and what they perceive as safety lapses.
Read more from The Dallas Morning News.
Without any details it’s hard to know whether anything in that article even relates to Friday’s accident.
I know it’s been discussed intensively in the other thread, but my feeling is that if the restraint locks, the computer says it’s good to go, and the ride op checks to make sure that the guest hasn’t intentionally left him or herself with any wiggle room, then a subsequent rider ejection without a mechanical malfunction can only be the result of a poorly designed restraint system. And even mechanical malfunctions of restraints seem to be inexcusable. I know machines break, and after hundreds of millions of rides given all over the world the statistics are going to catch up with you eventually, but with enough redundancy you ought to be able make a restraint system fail-safe. As Dave and Gonch were saying in the other thread, when a failed restraint equals death, this has to be the case.
This is nothing more than the typical hype of the GP coming out of the woodwork to mention that because something happened on a trip 5 years ago, it affected what happened over the weekend.....
The one guy claimed it was a concern that no kid rides were running because of the "lack of staff"....I'm not sure what kind of safety concern that is....but this kind of incident, as tragic as it was, will bring about anyone that's willing to kiss up to the media.
Another Comment on the News Page hit it right on the head though....
"Person killed on roller coaster....can't ride roller coasters anymore; Plane falls out of the sky and kills passengers....can't fly anymore; Car Crash on the highway....shouldn't drive anymore; Police kill a man in a garage after a standoff.....not safe to go outside anymore......perhaps I'll just go back to bed"
Oh nooooo!! That won't work either.
So apparently, sleeping in your bed has been at least twice as fatal with regards to freak accidents than riding coasters in 2013.
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