Grand Island is a major city in Nebraska. In fact, nearly 50,000 people live in the city and nearly 85,000 live within the greater metro area. Aside from being highly populated, Grand Island is the county seat of Hall County Nebraska and the site of Nebraska State Fair. Grand Island is the home of numerous tourist attractions including attractions focusing in on the “prairie pioneer”, the natural beauty of the Platte River, agricultural tourism, golf courses, and ample shopping opportunities. Aside from these attractions, the city also prominently features the Island Oasis Water Park.
As we frequently state on this blog, when parents, grandparents, or other family members take children to a fairground, carnival, or theme park they expect to fine well-maintain and well-designed facilities staffed by conscientious workers. However, as we all too often find, mistakes, unexpected events and other foreseen and unforeseen problems can occur at parks of all sizes and types. When these undesired events occur, the risk of a serious accident producing life-altering injuries increases greatly.
In an ideal world, an amusement park is a place where parents can take their children for thrilling, but safe, fun. Similarly, for adolescents and teenagers the amusement park can be a place where still developing young people test their abilities to resolve problems with fellow peers while testing their courage in a safe and supportive environment. Regardless of the park visitor or the composition of a group of visitors, all who visit an amusement park, theme park, fair, or carnival expect to be kept safe from known risks and dangers. Parks must properly train their staff members, ensure that their park is adequately staffed, and perform timely and adequate maintenance on their attractions. When parks fail to take these basics steps, the risk of a catastrophic accident that produces life-altering injuries increases greatly.
When parents take their children to a carnival or other amusement center, they expect safe rides. They expect to pay for rides that have been properly maintained to protect their child’s safety. Furthermore parents expect rides to be inspected thoroughly and frequently. Unfortunately mistakes can occur. Ride assemblers can forget to tighten a screw and an inspector can fail to notice the oversight. When circumstances like these combine, injuries often follow.
When parents take their children to an amusement park they expect a day of safe, but exhilarating thrills. Many parks take painstaking measures to reduce the likelihood of an accident, but others may fail to account for all types of risks. These risks may include the failure to perform frequent ride inspections, insufficient maintenance, insufficient training of ride operators, and many other potential risks that increase the chances of a serious amusement park accident.