I think it is up to the park for responsibility, but I repeat: Mission Space did not fail or has failed in the past when individuals were injured.
I thought the same thing, Robert. I know China is often stereotyped as a cheap goods manufacturer, and in some ways that's true. But when it comes to thrill rides or other pieces of technology involving safety factors, China is, at the very least, on par with most industrial countries.
You have to wonder what happened.
This is actually a common failure mode for centrifuges. Mechanical materials stress is a huge concern because of the high g forces exerted on very heavy loads. On a coaster you have the high g's, but not for such a sustained period, and on a much lighter load.
This is a very, freaky accident and I think it will affect the attendance of theme park goers planning on visiting parks in China. Although China does have the reputation for being... well... "It's made in China, whatdaya expect?"when it comes to attractions that attract international visitors, then China can be pretty high quality-- like I said, very, freaky accident.
I wonder if this is one of those dinky little theme parks (which don't get as much maintenance) or a more renowned Chinese theme park that attracts lots of international visitors like Disney Shanghai (which has a higher reputation to uphold)
The 11 workers that have been detained are another story. If this is a high enough profile event they could be made an example of. A death sentence wouldn't be out of the ordinary for anyone made responsible for something like this.