Posted Thursday, July 2, 2009 9:47 AM | Contributed by SteveWoA
A Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure park employee was seriously injured after being struck in the head by a ride car as the Dueling Dragons ride was going through its daily morning checks. It's unclear if the worker was a regular on the Dueling Dragons maintenance crew.
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The entire ride area is a low zone. There are no specific fences around any low track. I would assume that if they're like any other park, no one goes out there without locking out the ride. Either he didn't lock out or someone ignored or overrode his. To suggest that it was his fault is just not something I'm willing to bet on at this point.
Looks like they were talking about the point where Ice is about to climb into the cobra roll.
I've heard now on good authority that the guy who was hit was supposed to be where he was, running some kind of diagnostic. This however raises more questions than it answers. If any kind of technician is to be in the ride field, wouldn't it make sense to fence off the true low zones? The area around the Ice cobra roll in particular has that train moving in three different directions, with Fire making its final approach low to the ground as well.
Either he didn't lock out or someone ignored or overrode his.
Had he locked it out and used proper procedure, no one would have been able to override that. A proper lockout would have involved his own lock and key that only he would have been able to unlock. Again, this is if he locked it out.
See my last post... obviously that wasn't the procedure for him to be there.
They need to put some fences around the areas where a technician CANNOT go when the ride is running. Having anyone down there at all with the ride running seems silly (a "target" for loose articles). If he was hit where the ex-employee claimed he was, there's no reason for you to be RIGHT there with the ride operational. I hear what you're saying Jeff about running some sort of diagnostic (checking speed in a particular location, or whatever), but couldn't you do that from alongside the track, as opposed to directly beneath it? Having just ridden again today, between the water and the low track areas, there's not much area where someone could safely stand down in that bowl.
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