Dangerous amusement park rides
#1
Is there enought regulations on amusement park rides in the United States? After that incident in Texas on the Texas Giant, there is a debate on whether there are enought of them?
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#2
Yes. There are.

I'm looking at http://www.rideaccidents.com.

Injury-causing accidents this year per their news archives:

July 23, 2013, Walibi Holland theme park - 10-year-old girl lost her foot after climbing out of a river raft before it had come to a full stop - NOT the ride operator's fault.
July 23, 2013 - the Texas Giant incident.
July 19, 2013 - Brakes failed on a boat ride causing it to flip. Seven people treated for minor injuries.
July 18, 2013 - A piece of a Zipper ride fell off and hit two children standing nearby.
June 20, 2013 - 16-year-old boy hospitalized after he was hit by a roller coaster car - he climbed the fence around the base of the ride to retrieve his hat - NOT the ride's fault.
June 8, 2013 - electrical wire came loose at a carnival and came into contact with a guardrail, shocking three people who were touching it at the time, one of whom was hospitalized.
June 1, 2013 - a Ferris wheel stopped abruptly, causing minor injuries from impact with the safety bar.
May 31, 2013 - X-Scream ride collapsed at a traveling fair, injuring eleven people, caused by a problem with the chassis the mobile ride was mounted on.
May 23, 2013 - something went wrong with a "bounce house", minor injuries to 17 children.
May 19, 2013 - a boy fell out of a Frisbee ride in Australia and was hospitalized in a coma.

That's all the accidents a specialist site had listed for 2013. Worldwide. So, in the last six months or so there has been ONE fatality and FOUR serious injuries, two of which were caused by patrons not following safety rules.

Consider all the thousands of amusement park rides that are operated throughout the world, counting all of the mobile rides in the European fair community?

(Although, my research has led me to the conclusion that I will never, ever, get on a Windseeker. They have a HABIT of stalling and leaving people stranded mid-air for extended periods of time. Seems to be a design flaw with the safety systems).
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#3
Thanks to the insurance industry, some demand for regulations is actually met by insurance requirements. The companies (or their brokers) send out risk managers who assess the safety and maintenance expense of amusement rides to help determine what will be insured (and the adjusters may use that information in setting rates).

Insurance contracts/policies are heavily influenced by lawsuits and past claims, so they tend to stop covering high risk rides until safety protocols/mechanisms can be improved.

That doesn't make everything perfectly safe, of course, but this is one area where insurance companies don't get as much credit as they should for helping to protect lives.
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