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Saturday, August 25, 2007

Playland Operator Faulted

In the ongoing story of the death of a ride operator at Rye's Playland amusement park, the state labor department concluded that another rider operator was at fault, reports the local paper, via Turkewitz.  The report does not appear to be  on the labor department's website.

The paper reports:

A state report on the death this summer of 21-year-old Gabriela Garin on the Mind Scrambler at Playland accuses the ride's teenage operator of starting the ride even though he knew the victim was not properly seated.

The report, which was released late yesterday afternoon by the state Labor Department, also slams the ride's owner, S&L Amusements, for providing inadequate training to its employees and not ensuring that the ride, especially a secondary operations booth, was properly staffed.

"The ride operator failed to properly operate the ride," said Leo Rosales, a spokesman for the Labor Department. "He turned on the ride when there was obviously somebody not seated properly."

Prior posts about the ride are here.


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