Worker hit by roller coaster at West Edmonton Mall

Posted Sunday, July 3, 2011 4:39 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Briar Crutchfield, a spokeswoman with Alberta Occupational Health and Safety says a 47-year-old worker was trying to remove a patron’s hat that was lodged in a track at the Galaxy Orbiter shortly after 12:20 p.m. That’s when the worker was stuck by a rollercoaster that was loaded with passengers as it was descending around a spiral.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011 4:48 PM

I have never, ever owned a hat that was worth getting killed over. Even my hat with Derek Jeter's signature isn't particularly important to me.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011 5:58 PM

I can't believe that they don't tell workers up front that entering the ride area without locking it out is grounds for termination. If that isn't policy, it should be.

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Sunday, July 3, 2011 8:01 PM

Well, he was almost terminated.

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Monday, July 4, 2011 1:43 AM

What's up with workers being hit by spinning coasters!? This is the third one I can think of - but this person lived.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011 2:47 PM

Lock out, Tag out is the law.

No excuse for this one unless its proven they were never trained that way.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011 5:49 PM

CoasterDemon said:
What's up with workers being hit by spinning coasters!? This is the third one I can think of - but this person lived.

I think the (relatively) low speed of the cars tends to make people complacent.

Dave's signature should be posted directly adjacent to the time-clock for all employees who work on or around rides...machines simply do not care.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011 6:23 PM

With or without the ASCII art?

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011 7:13 PM

With, of course. :-)

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011 9:52 PM

Without. It doesn't fit on my iPhone.

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