Published: July 7, 2010 at 10:19 PMWondering if the workers don't take the safety percautions seriously, as in they think that since technology has come so far, they really don't have to be so cautious because they think the ride is built flawlessly, but we are human and NOTHING is perfect. Boredom as in if the workers inspect the ride each morning before opening they have to do the full inspection, but after doing that for many years and not finding a problem that could result in laziness, as in half fast inspections assuming "well this part works which usually means that the rest will work" and missing a small problem that will eventually become a big problem. I am just thinking that this is the case for some employees the china park and not every park in the world. I am sorry if this doesn't make sense.
Published: July 7, 2010 at 11:38 PMAnthony -
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.
Published: July 8, 2010 at 5:21 AMSo often you hear on the news about bribbery, corruption, etc. in China. Poisons added to pet food products; their mine safety record is among the worst in the world. Remember the old joke about a shipment of lead from China being reject at an American port because it was found to be contaminated with toys? Remember the earthquake just before the Beijing Olympics? There is an entire city- not building, but city- walled off because the entire city collapsed and so many thousands died they could never get them all out. The buildings were built so shodily, so sub-standard because their inspectors either didn't do their jobs or were paid enough that they wouldn't do their jobs. Am I saying that poor inspection practices definitely caused this tragedy? No. Will I be surprised if they find out that it was caused by poor maintenance and/or poor inspection practices? No.
Published: July 8, 2010 at 7:38 AMI got the impression from the sketchy news reports that the whole centrifuge tipped over and capsules successively smashed into the ground as it came to a stop. It was also reported that this is the park's only ride that was built by local Chinese vendors. All the others were made by international ride manufacturers.
Published: July 8, 2010 at 7:59 AMUpdated explanation from this morning's news: "A new breakthrough in the investigation of last week’s deadly theme park accident in Shenzhen reveals that one of the ride’s four-person compartments broke off from the ride’s axis at high-speed and smashed to the ground before being struck by three of the other carts. The information is the first official word as to the cause of the stunning crash that had baffled experts."
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.
Published: July 8, 2010 at 8:24 AMEither way Steve, even if compartments breaking off from the centrifuge-like ride is fairly common... this incident was not.
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)
Published: July 8, 2010 at 8:06 PMUn fair that the maintanence workers were or are detained. a very bizzar accident Iam not making any judgments against anyone or playing the blame game. they need to actualy DETERMINE WHAT CAUSED IT BEFORE I BLAME ANYONE. hope they find the cause
Published: July 10, 2010 at 2:47 PMBefore anyone starts worrying about 'Mission Space', just take a look at the way that ride is built. I love that particular ride and don't hesitate when I get the chance.
Published: July 11, 2010 at 3:16 PMHaving been to China many times for work and having visited several amusement parks and zoos throughout the country I can definitely attest to the fact that the institutional culture there is much different than it is in western parks. Safety generally takes a back seat to the bottom line and catastrophic failures are accepted as part of the cost of doing business. There isn't a lot of corporate responsibility with things like amusement park rides and it's generally considered that the riders are taking an inherent risk in riding.
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.