KANSAS CITY SUPER DAVE CONSIDERS HORRIFIC AMUSEMENT PARK ACCIDENTS AND THE ILLUSION OF SAFETY AMID SLAUGHTERHOUSE SCHLITTERBAHN VERRÜCKT TRAGEDY AFTERMATH!!!
Tonight we take a moment of pause to consider more news of a horrific incident and insight from our blog community . . .
KCTV5: Verruckt safety requirements evolved since public opening
CNN: Schlitterbahn death was due to neck injury, police say
NY Daily News: Water slide where 10-year-old Kansas boy suffered fatal neck injury once had age requirement of 14, delayed opening after safety concerns
And now, here's our pal Super Dave with this thoughts to conclude today . . .
Super Dave: Amusement Park Rides
Accidents happen at amusement parks every year. And every year more open up with even more insane rides for people to get an adrenaline rush from. I myself have seen no reason to ever feel the need to go down the slide, but many people I know have and none of them died from doing such nor made mention they thought it was too dangerous to ride.
Death surrounds us every day in one form or another. It will continue to do so till the day we die ourselves. Accidents happen all around us every day, while some might be beyond all controlling rules and regulations; some are just due to the careless activities of the victims.
A man just the other day jumped out of an airplane with no parachute on hoping to land in a net stretched between some slip-stick cranes. He made it; he didn't die as many thought he would. But I noticed that nobody made any legal attempts to try and stop this person from making the jump. Nope better yet they saw to it that it was done live on TV with a few second delay in case the guy killed himself. People get thrills from watching others hanging out on the lunatic fridge as some would call it.
People have a fascination with trying to scare the holly guacamolly out of one another, be it a haunted house or an amusement park ride. Yes there have been deaths associated with haunted houses, but every year come Halloween they are everywhere.
I so dislike seeing a child hurt or dying in any manner what so ever as they grow up. But it happens and will continue to happen. How many children are maimed a year or killed playing football? But every year parents can't wait to send their children out onto the field to play the game. I haven't ever seen any outrage as some of the posts I have seen about the slide being closed forever at stopping children from playing football.
This accident will be investigated I am sure very well and as always some finger pointing is going to take place. But in the end, finger pointing never brings back a life or the whole life of a person who was a victim of an amusement ride. If you go ride on these things you have to know that a great number of them are in some way shape or form able to hurt or kill you.
Yes I have taken rides that I'll admit I was scared of. In my mind I am thinking did the maintenance worker really check this ride out this morning?
Is that piece of metal going to really hold up and not break as I am riding it? Is the person who most of the time is a teenager going to really know what to do if something goes wrong here? Or is someone in front of me going to do something stupid that then causes me to be hurt or killed from riding this.
Long as people want to be taken to the edge of being thrilled with possible death included, there will be amusement parks to do so. To say that this slide needs to be taken down can only then mean that every ride that has every hurt or killed someone, needs to be taken down regardless if the fact if the accident was the fault of the ride. When people take upon themselves wanting to be thrilled within inches of physical harm, then they have to start accepting accidents such as this and understand the odds are there for accidents to happen as well as the chance that they won't happen at all.
When was the last time you were at an amusement park and before getting on the ride was a sign that said, "Keep all body parts (hands, arms, legs, long hair, etc.) inside ride at all times. Always use the safety equipment provided (seat belt, shoulder harness, lap bar, chain, etc.). If you believe the device is not properly positioned please revisit the situation with your nearest ride operator. Hold onto handrails, when provided. They're part of the safety equipment designed to keep you safely in place."
But as that big roller coaster is ripping around the track you notice how many ride with their hands up in the air? Just about all of them, that is who.