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Boy was decapitated on waterslide at Kansas park - August 11th 2016, 03:48 PM

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Boy was decapitated on waterslide at Kansas park

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Re: Boy was decapitated on waterslide at Kansas park - August 11th 2016, 04:27 PM

This really is a horrible tragedy, though I'm reluctant to call it a true accident. This ride had problems before it was ever operational. The person behind it even chose to build it where he did because height laws were more relaxed. They had to redesign because in tests they couldn't get the car to stay on the track. Eventually they got rid of the 12 year age minimum to ride it.

In every theme park I've been to, and I've regularly gone to quite a few, the employees have to check your restraints before the ride is allowed to start. I'm not sure if this applies to water rides, so I wonder if this is a practice the park uses or not. Honestly, I think if people had reported that the restraint came loose as soon as they got off there's a good chance this wouldn't have happened. Safety restraints are there for a reason and if they ever feel like they aren't working properly, please report it as soon as you can. Even if it seems unnecessary, they're there for a reason. It also seems as if the park isn't as strict on their minimum weight requirement as they should be.

So really, in my opinion, this was not a true accident because there were things that could and SHOULD have been done to prevent it. My thoughts are with the family.



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Re: Boy was decapitated on waterslide at Kansas park - August 11th 2016, 06:46 PM

I get the impression plenty of people lack perspective on these things to reliably estimate the risk of something like this happening. Many people think "it won't happen to me", in so many different contexts.

Even if there is just a 0.01% chance of an accident like this happening, all that means is that should take 10000 people to use the slide before something awful like this might happen. With several hundred people per day during peak seasons... that really isn't a tall order when you think about it.

Approaching this with numbers is a bit cold, I get it. But it sheds a reliable light on the chances of something like this going wrong, in this, and many other contexts. This is comparable to not wearing seat belts when driving. Shit will happen sooner or later, regardless of whether or not people think "it won't happen to me", or whether they think the same of others. Complacency is for fools. And I am not blaming the child for this. At all. I am blaming the organizers.

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Re: Boy was decapitated on waterslide at Kansas park - August 12th 2016, 05:22 PM

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I get the impression plenty of people lack perspective on these things to reliably estimate the risk of something like this happening. Many people think "it won't happen to me", in so many different contexts.

Even if there is just a 0.01% chance of an accident like this happening, all that means is that should take 10000 people to use the slide before something awful like this might happen. With several hundred people per day during peak seasons... that really isn't a tall order when you think about it.

Approaching this with numbers is a bit cold, I get it. But it sheds a reliable light on the chances of something like this going wrong, in this, and many other contexts. This is comparable to not wearing seat belts when driving. Shit will happen sooner or later, regardless of whether or not people think "it won't happen to me", or whether they think the same of others. Complacency is for fools. And I am not blaming the child for this. At all. I am blaming the organizers.

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It is not comparable to driving. You have the human error component of the driver and other drivers.

A ride should be a closed system and it should be safe not counting event risk like terrorism or an earthquake etc.
   
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Re: Boy was decapitated on waterslide at Kansas park - August 12th 2016, 05:32 PM

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It is not comparable to driving. You have the human error component of the driver and other drivers.

A ride should be a closed system and it should be safe not counting event risk like terrorism or an earthquake etc.

There is absolutely the potential for human error on rides. Humans operate the rides. And there were people who could have reported errors with the restraints, but chose not to. While there isn't as much human error in rides as driving, it's still there. Ideally though you're right, rides would operate on their own with no risk but that's not a reality right now. Even if it were, we'd just replace human error with computer or machine error.



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