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Another theme park worker injured in coaster mishap

2007-07-16

By Robert Niles: An 18-year-old amusement park worker was in "very serious" condition in a U.K. hospital last night after falling 80 feet from the roller coaster on which he was working.

The accident happened on the Twist and Shout coaster, a Schwarzkopf Silverarrow model at Loudoun Castle Theme Park in Ayrshire, Scotland.

The ride was down when the incident happened, though news reports did not detail what the employee was doing on the ride.

Readers' Opinions

From Larry Zimmerman on July 17, 2007 at 2:47 PM
I think OSHA would ask, "Why wasn't the employee wearing a safety harness?" If he was, OSHA would want to know why it didn't stop his fall.
From Robert Niles on July 17, 2007 at 5:17 PM
Don't know what the U.K. equivalent is, or what the procedure would be over there.
From steven dunsmuir on July 18, 2007 at 3:23 AM
rollercoaster involved was "the rat" which is a wild mouse ride built by muarer sohne of germany. the man in question was an operator and was not carrying out repairs to the ride. the rat is 50ft at its highest point. the health and safety executive are investigating.

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