When we go to an amusement park with our families, we trust that our children will be safe while enjoying the various rides and attractions on the premises. It’s easy to assume that most rides look safe and that the operators know what they’re doing. We’re also often told that amusement park rides are thoroughly checked and tested every morning. But are daily tests enough?
In August 2016, a Kansas water park made headlines when it was revealed that a 10-year-old boy was decapitated and killed on a water slide. This accident was one of four serious amusement park accidents that occurred over a period of 5 days throughout the United States. Another tragic accident during that period happened when a boy fell from a moving roller coaster in Pennsylvania.
Some accidents are close to home. Back in 2007, Louisville’s Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom was the site of another horrific amusement park accident. A 13-year-old girl lost both her feet when they were severed after a ride cable split. These types of accidents are bound to happen on an occasional basis, but there comes a time when we question what’s being done to bring the number of possible accidents down to an absolute minimum.