Thursday, May 15, 2008

More Amusement Park Safety in the News

The girl whose feet were severed on a ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom traveled to Washington yesterday to advocate, with her parents, for Rep. Markey's bill adding fixed site amusement parks to the CPSC's jurisdiction.

The longer the family's litigation against Six Flags continues, the more I think it really is at least in part about information gathering and distribution.  The money will almost certainly be there whether they settle now or later (or even if they go to trial, if the facts as they seem to be are accurate), and they're better able to get press in this setting.

--BC

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Just thought I would pass the story about another carnival ride that injured people in California. I found the story over at http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/05/17/BAON10OFLQ.DTL.

Posted by: Bill | May 17, 2008 9:22:56 PM

Have you ever considered adding ski resorts to your blog? Todays resorts are constructing jumps & rails that are not properly engineered. The injury rate is growing leaps and bounds -- yet the resorts are hiding behind the state ski laws that discuss inherent risk. What is inherent in jump that requires 30 mph to make the landing. If you land poorly or at 26mph - a major injury is a given.
The sport of skiing is turning into an amusement ride -- not a natural sport. The laws are so strict that cases never see a court room - only summary judgement.
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Posted by: Scott Robinson | May 18, 2008 7:51:20 AM

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