Written by Robert Niles
Published: September 7, 2004 at 11:47 PM
Carnival Ride Accident Injures 24
Canada.com -- Sept. 7
A mishap on a carnival ride Monday sent 24 people to Toronto-area hospitals -- though, thankfully, no one suffered crippling injuries.
More than 30 people were riding the G-Force spinning wheel ride at the Canadian National Exhibition when the ride stopped unexpectedly, then jerked downward. The force of the sudden movement sent riders flying into one another, according to eyewitness reports. Park officials evacuated injured riders by ladder.
Canadian officials are investigating the accident.
Thanks to Daniel Duclos for the link.
Fall Kills Girl at English Amusement Park
Yahoo News UK -- Sept. 6
A seven-year-old girl died Sunday after she apparently tripped and fell at the Wonderland Pleasure Park in Nottinghamshire. Few details, including the girl's full name, were immediately available.
"As far as we are concerned it was a tragic accident - Megan tripped and fell on the tarmac approach to our Astroslide and sustained head injuries," Wonderland's owner told the British Press Association.
As always, if you haven't already, please, please take a look at Theme Park Insider's theme park safety tips page before your next visit. Yes, freak accidents happen. But let's try to avoid as many of the preventable accidents as we can, okay?
California Might Appoint Disneyland Official to Oversee Theme Park Safety
Los Angeles Times -- Sept. 8
The LA Times reports that Guv'nr Ahnold will appoint Disneyland safety chief Richard Warner as director of the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA). That's the state agency that oversees safety at theme parks, among other duties.
Certainly, no one knows busted and mismanaged theme park attractions like Warner. After all, Disneyland's the state leader in those categories. (Insert smirk here.) So he'll definitely know what to look for when overseeing attractions at the state's parks.
But will he? The predictable line-up of Disneyland critics chimes in with suspicions that Warner will retain loyalty to the Mouse and overlook Disney safety violations while in his new post. Hey, if Californians wanted someone to aggressively watch over private industry, to ensure that businesses aren't ripping off or endangering their customers, they wouldn't have elected a multi-millionaire Republican to oversee their state's government. You get what you ask for.
Make sure your personal insurance is paid up next time you visit a theme park, okay?
Don't Like Eisner? Fidelity's Got Your Back
Associated Press -- Sept. 7
Recently released documents show that the mutual fund giant voted to withhold support for the entire Disney board, including CEO Michael Eisner, at the most recent Disney shareholders' meeting. Fidelity manages the Magellan stock fund, with more than $60 billion in total assets.
So the question is... just who the heck voted FOR Eisner? With dozens of stock managers and pension funds coming out in public over the past months as opposing Eisner and his pals, who among Disney's owners think this guy's doing an acceptable job? C'mon, you proxy voters lurking around the mailbox in your sunglasses and trenchcoats. You know who you are. Now fess up and tell the rest of us who you are, too!