Amusement Park Ride Accident

1288 Words Feb 22nd, 2018 5 Pages
The free-falling thrill ride, featuring ski-lift style seating in which the riders faced outwards with their feet dangling in the air, was a ride in which the chairs ascended 230 feet in the air before plunging back down to its platform at speeds exceeding 60 miles per hour. The ride had only climbed 20 feet in the air when things took a tragic turn for the worst, and a large cable snapped from fatigue.
Although the girl was able to pull the whipping cables away from her face and neck, she couldn’t stop them from severing both of her feet (SOURCE). This accident was just one of many that could have been spotted and prevented before hand with a more thorough inspection of the machinery. While mobile rides used by traveling carnivals (rides that can be disassembled and then reassembled again) are monitored and heavily inspected by both the Federal and state Governments, fixed rides, which often haul their passengers up to 100 plus miles per hour, are currently only regulated by State and Local officials
(SOURCE). While oversight by State and Local governments are enough to keep most amusement rides safe enough for public use, there needs to be more federal oversight and regulation of amusement parks because a significantly higher percent of accidents occur in parks with fixed rides than at ones with mobile rides, where heavy…

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