Mike240SX wrote:Here are all of the deaths or injuries incurred at US parks due to negligent maintenance or random structural failure (source: Wikipedia)
Pretty sure the US isn't the only "first-world" country though, so I suspect the list of "first-world" accidents might actually be a tad longer.
Mike240SX wrote:Should I even try to list all of the similar deaths or injuries at traveling carnivals or third-world parks?
Given the above, I'd say no.
It's always very sad to hear about such accidents — no matter what country they occur in. One hopes that resources and regulations are upheld as much as possible to prevent instances of profit superseding human wellbeing.
These rides in foreign countries always seem so sketchy to me and I love me a frisbee. I'm no engineer but the center column that holds the "frisbee" looked barely strong enough to support one human alone, let alone a whole "frisbee" + riders...
Slightly off topic, I wonder if parks in earthquake zones have integrated warning systems that a seismic tremor is approaching. Japan has a warning network that can provide a minute, maybe less, maybe more, to enable things to be shut down, stop trains, etc. There is talk of setting up similar alert systems in California but I don't think they are operational yet. This might benefit Six Flags, Knotts, CGA (along with everyone else). I trust the maintenance on the frisbee at Six Flags Vallejo but they're not far from earthquake faults. If they had 45 seconds warning to shut down a frisbee that might be very helpful. Are there examples of coasters or other rides that have been operating when a big quake happened? I don't think the northern Japan earthquake in 2011 impacted any amusement parks and the 1995 quake in Kobe, Japan happened at night (or early morning) so this particular aspect wasn't an issue. Devastating for that city, thousands dead and lots of structures wrecked.
^I think that question deserves to be it's own post
larrygator wrote:One source is reporting the location is a fun fair (but it could just be a translation error).
I still will not ride anything at US carnivals and fun fairs, so I'm sure as sh!t not ride them in Uzbekistan.
I'm curious as to why? At least in my state the carnivals are as safe as the parks, but I know regulations vary from state to state. I've always wonder what the incident rate at carnivals vs. permanent parks is but I haven't been able to find any info.
The Knoebels flyers are the greatest thrill ride ever made. If anyone sees Harry at the park can you tell him I'm sorry for breaking his ride and getting him in trouble.
larrygator wrote:I still will not ride anything at US carnivals and fun fairs, so I'm sure as sh!t not ride them in Uzbekistan.
I'm curious as to why? At least in my state the carnivals are as safe as the parks, but I know regulations vary from state to state.
Because I do not believe they are regulated enough to be safe. Because I have met and talked to carnie owners and operators. Because I have read about too many carnival accidents. Because I can get the same thrills at an amusement park. Because it is more cost efficient to visit an amusement park.
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Gee, what do you know, a similar ride also collapses killing 3, also in a third world country.
(Warning: Video in linked article which specifically mentions people getting killed may not be safe for those too stupid to realize a video in an article which specifically mentions people getting killed may contain footage of people getting killed.)
Mike240SX wrote:Gee, what do you know, a similar ride also collapses killing 3, also in a third world country.
Yes, clearly you're elated so you can make your "third world" claim again.
For anyone else, do be warned that video that was posted above does indeed seem to show people coming out of the ride and the vehicle being smashed up. As was true with the last incident, it's very sad to hear about such tragedies — no matter where they occur.
^^ I also would say the whole site is NSFW, and take the site with a grain of salt. Ie, headline topics such as," Graphic vid, Woman who saw bubbles in urine finds out it's poop" and video of "mum praised for showing candid snaps of post pregnancy loose skin" Not a very good source of info in my book, but , hey, who am I to judge?
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