Kentucky blames Six Flags maintenance, operations for accident
The state of Kentucky has released its official report
[PDF file] on the investigation into the Superman Tower of Power accident at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom last summer
that cost a teen girl her feet.
And the state puts the blame, squarely, on Six Flags.
The report states:
"The cause of the cable failure has been determined to be fatigue, a progressive failure of the mechanism. The cable on the ride was in a condit ion that caused the cable to fail under its normal load in operation. It is impossible to scientifically determine how long the cable had been in a condition that could lead to the failure of the cable under its normal load. The cables when new are rated to carry at least six times the load placed upon them during normal ride operation."
The report also quotes an expert who said:
"The extent of progressive (fatigue) cracking would have made it possible for the park personnel to detect the deteriorating condition of the rope had they been following the inspection instructions given in the maintenance manual."
And it wasn't just a maintenance failure. The ride ops screwed up as well:
"In the [the state]’s opinion, the injuries to the ride patrons probably would have been limited to cuts and scrapes had the emergency stop button been pressed, in accordance with training, during the 10-second window of time between the loud noise followed by the cable falling and the freefall of the ride."
The result? Kentucky fined Six Flags $1,000.
Look for a jury (or, if the girl's family and the park settle, a judge) to add a "penalty" that's much, much larger.
Six Flags' Chief Executive,
I cannot speak for this park or today's standards but I can speak to my experience as an employee at Six Flags Over Texas in the 80's:
Absolutely. I know a *lot* of people in the industry who are sickened by the attitude they saw evident from the reports of what folks at Kentucky Kingdom were doing.
I'm not an expert on maintenance, but if a cable is that worn, than doesn't it need to be replaced? Surely they saw the cable and knew the manufacturers specifications, and surely there was room in the budget to do that. If there wasn't room in the budget, than they surely weren't thinking safety first.
i drink, i never get a chance to, so when i go to disneyland, i stop by at the local 7-11, get a few tall cans, and drink at the park. i keep it in my backpack, no one has ever said anything to me.
Well, the writing is on the wall for Six Flags. It is probably good that they closed down all of that type of ride right afterwards. Ours was in great shape, thank goodness
The fine of $1,000.00 is the largest that could be assessed by the law at the time of the accident. The last Kentucky General Assembly increased it to $10,000.00. That is still too small as far as I am concerned. I hope that Katie will be taken care of like Six Flags said they would do.
Lets $1,000.00, in fines..And the girls medical bills...Gee Mr. Shaperio not to make you feel bad..but taking on another job...Fix yout mess at home first...And lets get back some real theme park cast members to run it and run it right...People who actually care about making them fun and safe...And tell your bean counters were to go..for a few years.
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