UPDATED: Pleasureland Southport worker dies inspecting Sky Ride

Posted Friday, August 27, 2004 5:23 AM | Contributed by Jeff

An amusement park worker has died after he became trapped on a cable car ride at Pleasureland Amusement Park Southport. The 59-year-old man caught his shoulder in the ride while carrying out a daily safety check.

Read more from The BBC.

UPDATE: (8/27/04 9:23 ET) Investigators believe worker's safety harness pulled him into ride's machinery.

Read more from The Liverpool Echo.

Thursday, August 26, 2004 10:34 AM
This article in the Scottsman has a little more detail. They believe he died of a heart attack.


Thursday, August 26, 2004 12:59 PM
...And the Liverpool Daily Post article says the guy was snagged by his safety harness.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Thursday, August 26, 2004 11:25 PM
And this is why I'm surprised and alarmed to see Maintenance men do some of the things they do while rides are in operation.
Friday, August 27, 2004 9:12 AM
Except that in this particular case, the maintenace man in question was doing what he was doing in the prescribed manner, when the ride was not in operation. Maintenance guys do a lot of alarming things, but based on the news reports that doesn't appear to be the case here.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

Friday, August 27, 2004 9:34 AM
Obviously this is an accident that will require some further investigation with questions such as:
Exactly what was his body position and why?
Were procedures adequate?
Were procedures followed?
Are the guards adequate?
Were the guards in place?
If the safety harness was in fact part of the problems, was it worn properly?
Could it be modified to make it safer?

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