Woman Hurt in on free-fall ride at Orange County Fair

Posted Tuesday, July 15, 2003 5:11 AM | Contributed by Legend_n_Raven

State investigators have determined that a safety system failed on a ride at the Orange County Fair on Sunday and that a woman injured on it should not have been allowed to go through with the 70- to 80-foot free-fall. Contrary to the initial account of a safety consultant employed by the fair, the woman, insufficiently supported by a two-net system, hit a pad on the ground when she took the plunge on the Adrenaline Drop, the state officials said.

Read more from The LA Times.

Tuesday, July 15, 2003 5:15 AM
Uh oh......Was this a SCAD tower?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 5:36 AM
Yes.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 4:55 PM
When they say "insufficiently supported" does that indicate that she may have been over the suggested weight for the SCAD?

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Tuesday, July 15, 2003 6:59 PM
No. It indicates that the net was too close to the ground when she hit it, therefore when she hit the net and the net stretched (as it is designed to do), she crashed into the safety pad on the ground instead of being suspended in midair.

The problem is that the net was not fully reset when she fell into it. Same thing that happened at IAAPA last fall.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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