6 Children Rushed to Hospital after Being Electrocuted at a Connecticut Amusement Park

When parents take their children to local amusement parks, state fairs, water parks, or major theme parks they expect the amusement park operators to keep the facilities safe and free from dangerous conditions. This expectation requires park operators to ensure that a sufficient maintenance plan is in place so that aspects of the park are replaced before they are likely to break or become dangerous. For instance, handrails should be verified on a daily basis to avoid injuries stemming from a loose rail and pathways should be assessed for cracks and pooling of water. Continue reading

Following Waterslide Death, Amusement Park Accidents Occur on Tennessee Ferris Wheel and Pennsylvania Roller Coaster

Recently, we wrote about the tragic death of a young boy on the Veruckt slide at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark. The young boy was decapitated on the water-slide after eyewitnesses to the accident described “banging” and “loud noises” coming from the slide as the fated raft slid down. Some believe that the Velcro straps used to hold riders in the water-slide rafts were insufficient, to begin with, while other think that it became fatigued with use over time. This accident is truly a terrible tragedy. Continue reading

Update: Boy Was Decapitated on Verrückt Waterslide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark

New details regarding the accident have emerged following the tragic news of a young boy’s death at a Kansas City amusement park. The accident occurred at the Guinness Book of World Records certified the tallest waterslide in the world. The ride is marketed on  Schlitterbahn’s website as an extreme thrill ride that sends riders “…down a jaw-dropping 168 foot 7-inch structure, only to be blasted back up a second massive hill and then sent down yet another gut-wrenching 50-foot drop for the ultimate in water slide thrills. Due to the extreme nature of the ride, numerous safety requirements were set forth including a recently repealed prohibition on riders under age 12. Continue reading

10-Year-Old Boy Dies on Verrückt Slide at Schlitterbahn Waterpark

For readers with some understanding of the German language and familiarity with the waterslide, Verrückt is an aptly named ride. The term “verrückt” translates to “insane” and the waterslide is one of the world’s tallest. In fact, at the time of its opening in 2014, Verrückt was the tallest water slide in the world. The ride sends riders on a journey that includes a peak height of nearly 170 feet and an additional single drop of more than 50 feet. Continue reading

Two July 2016 Carnival Accidents Appear to Have Been Caused By Mechanical Malfunctions

As we frequently state on this blog, when parents bring their children to fairs, carnivals, and other events where rides are present they expect the rides to be safe and free from defects. However, children aren’t the only ones who enjoy riding carnival attractions. In fact, some thrill rides are marketed predominately towards young adults. Unfortunately, expectations regarding ride safety are not always met and serious injuries are even more likely on thrill rides involving high speeds and potentially precarious situations. Continue reading