Monday, August 08, 2016

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.
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26 Comments:

Anonymous said...

nicely done, dave!

Anonymous said...

No--There's a huge difference in rider error (some rider did something against rules) vs park negligence. Multiple people report Velcro strap not working. Raft likely under-weight. Ride itself may have a fatal design flaw.? Yes, in America we absolutely DO shut down every ride that is fundamentally designed to kill. This is not the case of a drunk guy standing up on a coaster and not following rules--even then a park is now liable to protect other guests from injury from that mans action. You have to design rides so kids don't fly out under any circumstances. Once they do, you lose the right to operate your park

Anonymous said...

Yeah I find it very difficult to believe two women and a ten year old kid added up to the 400 pound minimum. Park is definitely liable, I also understand Brownback is a real piece of dogshit that cut inspections. According to some employees, the park never had a safety inspection. I believe it when true sacks of shit like Brownback, Kobach and this kids dad run Kanzakistan.

Gobi said...

Dave provides some good insight here but I think we need to focus on how we can PREVENT this kind of tragedy from every happening again.

It's not enough to warn people, we've got to make public safety the focus of more efforts not just the wild effort to lure more tourists.

Anonymous said...

That's easy. Just tear the fucker down. Reading reports those jackasses were told by actual engineers anything over 125 feet high could present extremely serious issues.

Silvestor orgalthorp said...

Just once I would like someone to publicly ask the father how he could be so stupid to let his son get on the damn thing in the first place. I know the family is grieving but let's be real here

Anonymous said...

Most mothers say no and mean it. No questions asked or defied by a ten year old. You get me.

Anonymous said...

He snuck on that ride without parental permission.

Anonymous said...

They shouldn't
Have let him ride
At such a young age
Not enough weight.
The injuries to the two women
Show defensive wounds
You got to sit down.
The nets are way up high.
He wasn't fasten in.
Physics.

Silvestor orgalthorp said...

1211. If that is true then I apologize and stand corrected

Anonymous said...

But the mom was reportedly screaming "Hes not moving!" over and over where his headless body was and had to be held back. So she was right there. She had to know he was on that ride it's 264 steps to the top. Don't think she was unaware of where he was for the length of time it took to get up there and wait in line.

Anonymous said...

All the weight was in the front. That first bump was like a catapult. Velcro wasn't strong enough for that G-force.

Anonymous said...

She said yes?!?

Anonymous said...

Probably coreced into saying yes. Maybe over ridden by dad, or perhaps actually thought the ride was safe since no one had died on it before and other kids from the gathering were having so much fun. But they were probably all teenagers with more weight and larger frames that didn't run a high risk of being pulled loose from the compromised Velcro straps designed for teenagers and adults.

Anonymous said...

So sad. Such a tragedy.

Anonymous said...

Now I understand. It is all coming together.i am so sad.

Anonymous said...

I'm telling you Dave the incompetence of the negro employees will come into focus shortly.

Anonymous said...

After a 10-year-old boy was killed on the world's tallest waterslide, another family has shared their story of a terrifying close call on the ride.
Caleb Thomas Schwab, the son of a Kansas state legislator, was decapitated after he plummeted from the 168-foot-tall Verruckt ride at Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Conrad family are regular visitors to the waterpark with season passes - and say they'd never had any problems until one trip last summer when Kenneth Conrad and his best friend Matt had gone on the Verruckt.
Matt's Velcro harness snapped off after the first drop - and he was forced to hold on until the end with just his hands as the ride reached speeds of up to 65 miles an hour.

'As we were going down, we went down the first one, and as we were approaching the second one, he was in the back and you could hear him say that his strap came off and when we hit, he was real tense, shaken, because his strap had come completely off and literally he was using all of his force to hold him onto the slide,' Conrad told Fox4.
Matt did not file a complaint after his harness came off during the ride that day last year, but after Schwab's death, he is planning to report the incident.
Conrad's wife Erica, who snapped a picture of her husband and Matt on the ride - which showed the latter's harness missing - says the news of the boy's death is 'devastating'

Anonymous said...

Pray for the family.

Anonymous said...

Pray ,my ass.
They are hitting the fucking lottery. Their "Go-fund-me" page has hit $28,000. Where will the rest of that cash go?
You can get a real fancy funeral for $10,000. There were no hospital/doctor expenses.
Now, the oh-so studly, pastor of their Bible-beating church has become the family spokesman. He knows that the media will be covering the funeral. Time to SHINE for JEEEEZUS !!!
Everybody is a winner here except the kid.

Anonymous said...

They gonna sew his head back on?

Anonymous said...

Scott Schwab is a dick and his wife is a drunk.

Anonymous said...

They have a Gofundme page up already at $28,000? And the memorial is Saturday?

Anonymous said...

Friday. It will be massive.

Anonymous said...

OH YEAH BABY!!!

Super Dave hits the bullseye with this commentary.
I strongly concur!

Good job sir.

Anonymous said...

Super Dave Fucking Rocks!