UK rides reopen following death of man on similar US attraction in Ohio | attractionsmanagement.com news
POST YOUR JOB ONLINE
Free ezine/digital edition sign up
Jobs . News . Features . Video . Products . Magazine . Handbook . Advertise . Contact us  
NEWS
UK rides reopen following death of man on similar US attraction in Ohio
POSTED 10 Aug 2017 . BY Tom Anstey
A number of rides at theme parks in the UK have reopened after being shut down by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an accident on a similar attraction in the US which left one dead and seven injured.

Eighteen-year-old Tyler Jarrell died at the Ohio State Fair on 26 July after being thrown into the air by the Fire Ball spinning pendulum ride, which broke apart while in operation.

The HSE confirmed in a statement that five similar KMG Afterburner rides in the UK were subject to a prohibition enforcement notice, meaning that they were taken out of operation.

“There are six machines of this version operating in UK which were all thoroughly inspected within the last 12 months in line with agreed procedures,” said the HSE statement.

The rides closed as a result of the notice include those at Pleasurewood Hills in East Anglia, Ryan Crow Amusements in the North East, Coney Beach Fair in South Wales, Manning's Amusements based in Hertfordshire, and Brean Theme Park in Somerset. Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire also closed its ride immediately following the Ohio accident. Those can now reopen.

"As a precaution we proactively took the decision to temporarily stop operating the ride until it had undergone a comprehensive inspection and re-testing procedure," said Lightwater Valley in a statement to Attractions Management.

"Although there are fundamental differences between our permanent ride and the travelling version, which was involved in the tragic accident in the US, our ride engineers have fully implemented all the manufacturer’s new recommendations and carried out all updated test procedures for the ride.

"The ride has now been fully checked and approved for operation by external inspectors and the HSE has been notified and have given their approval for the ride to re-open."

In a separate statement, Pleasurewood Hills general manager, Adam Noble, said: “The manufacturers inspected the ride in America and understood what had gone wrong with it. They shared with us the instructions as to what we needed to change to make sure the ride was safe.

“We complied with that and used our own engineers and ADIPS inspectors. They said it was absolutely fine and cleared it to reopen.”

The remaining operators have all confirmed the reopening of the remaining rides following HSE assessment.

The ride model in question swings like a pendulum from side to side while spinning its passengers. Ohio’s Governor John Kasich has called for a full investigation into the tragedy. Following its own investigation, the ride’s designers KMG said that the accident on the 18-year-old ride was the result of "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam," which "dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years."

RELATED STORIES
Health and Safety Executive releases new Smiler images following Alton Towers guilty plea


Following the guilty plea from Merlin Entertainments related to last year’s Smiler rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released a statement and images of the car involved in the accident.
MORE NEWS
Lasipalatsi building refurbishment finishes as Amos Rex announces August opening
Amos Rex, a new art museum in Helsinki, is set to open in August 2018, following the refurbishment of the Lasipalatsi building in Central Helsinki.
Opening of Caribbean's first adventure theme park increases tourism potential for Trinidad
Trinidad's tourism industry could be about to get a significant boost, following the launch of the Caribbean's first ever adventure theme park.
New Tate St Ives in the running for 2018 Stirling Prize
Tate St Ives is the only leisure building to find its way onto the shortlist for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.
British Museum seeks to acquire 'Trump Baby' for dissent exhibition
London's British Museum is planning to borrow the Trump Baby blimp, which flew over the capital's streets last week in protest against US President Donald Trump's visit last week.
+ More news   
LATEST JOBS
Business Turnaround Manager
The Jockey Club
Salary: Up to £55,000 (depending on experience) + pension
Job location: Newmarket, UK
Visitor Services Supervisor
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Salary: £24,835 per annum
Job location: Wakehurst, West Sussex
Overnight Accommodation Manager
Zoological Society of London
Salary: £31,464 per annum
Job location: London, UK
Forest Centre Operations Manager
Forestry Commission
Salary: £29,695 - £32,811
Job location: Thetford, UK
Marketing Manager
Legoland Discovery Centre
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Marketing Manager
Legoland Discovery Centre
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
+ More jobs  

COMPANY PROFILE
Vekoma Rides Manufacturing B.V.

Vekoma Rides has a large variety of coasters and attractions. [more...]
+ More profiles  
FEATURED SUPPLIER

Red Raion: Meet the Team!
Have you ever wondered how a production studio creates its content? [more...]
VIDEO GALLERY

Simworx - The power to move you…
Simworx is acknowledged as one of the world’s leaders in the supply of 4D Effects Cinemas and Motion Simulation Attractions. Find out more...
More videos:
The innovative fun climbing concept – Clip 'n Climb
ParadropVR by Frontgrid – Frontgrid
Red Raion - VR/5D Films Showreel 2016 – Red Raion
+ More videos  

CATALOGUE GALLERY
 

+ More catalogues  
ATTRACTIONS DIRECTORY
+ More directory  
ATTRACTIONS DIARY

28 Aug - 01 Sep 2018

World Leisure Congress 2018

tbc, Sao Paulo, Brazil
23-27 Sep 2018

EAS (Euro Attractions Show) 2018

RAI Exhibition and Convention Centre, Amsterdam, Germany
+ More diary  
LATEST ISSUES
+ View Magazine Archive

Attractions Management

2018 issue 2


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2018 issue 1


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2017 issue 4


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management

2017 issue 3


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Management News

11 Jul 2018 issue 108


View on turning pages
Download PDF
View archive
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription

Attractions Handbook

2018


View issue contents
View on turning pages
Download PDF
FREE digital subscription
Print subscription
 
ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
 
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS
ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2018
Jobs . News . Products . Magazine
NEWS
UK rides reopen following death of man on similar US attraction in Ohio
POSTED 10 Aug 2017 . BY Tom Anstey
A number of rides at theme parks in the UK have reopened after being shut down by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) following an accident on a similar attraction in the US which left one dead and seven injured.

Eighteen-year-old Tyler Jarrell died at the Ohio State Fair on 26 July after being thrown into the air by the Fire Ball spinning pendulum ride, which broke apart while in operation.

The HSE confirmed in a statement that five similar KMG Afterburner rides in the UK were subject to a prohibition enforcement notice, meaning that they were taken out of operation.

“There are six machines of this version operating in UK which were all thoroughly inspected within the last 12 months in line with agreed procedures,” said the HSE statement.

The rides closed as a result of the notice include those at Pleasurewood Hills in East Anglia, Ryan Crow Amusements in the North East, Coney Beach Fair in South Wales, Manning's Amusements based in Hertfordshire, and Brean Theme Park in Somerset. Lightwater Valley in North Yorkshire also closed its ride immediately following the Ohio accident. Those can now reopen.

"As a precaution we proactively took the decision to temporarily stop operating the ride until it had undergone a comprehensive inspection and re-testing procedure," said Lightwater Valley in a statement to Attractions Management.

"Although there are fundamental differences between our permanent ride and the travelling version, which was involved in the tragic accident in the US, our ride engineers have fully implemented all the manufacturer’s new recommendations and carried out all updated test procedures for the ride.

"The ride has now been fully checked and approved for operation by external inspectors and the HSE has been notified and have given their approval for the ride to re-open."

In a separate statement, Pleasurewood Hills general manager, Adam Noble, said: “The manufacturers inspected the ride in America and understood what had gone wrong with it. They shared with us the instructions as to what we needed to change to make sure the ride was safe.

“We complied with that and used our own engineers and ADIPS inspectors. They said it was absolutely fine and cleared it to reopen.”

The remaining operators have all confirmed the reopening of the remaining rides following HSE assessment.

The ride model in question swings like a pendulum from side to side while spinning its passengers. Ohio’s Governor John Kasich has called for a full investigation into the tragedy. Following its own investigation, the ride’s designers KMG said that the accident on the 18-year-old ride was the result of "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam," which "dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years."

RELATED STORIES
Health and Safety Executive releases new Smiler images following Alton Towers guilty plea


Following the guilty plea from Merlin Entertainments related to last year’s Smiler rollercoaster crash at Alton Towers, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released a statement and images of the car involved in the accident.
MORE NEWS
Lasipalatsi building refurbishment finishes as Amos Rex announces August opening
Amos Rex, a new art museum in Helsinki, is set to open in August 2018, following the refurbishment of the Lasipalatsi building in Central Helsinki.
Opening of Caribbean's first adventure theme park increases tourism potential for Trinidad
Trinidad's tourism industry could be about to get a significant boost, following the launch of the Caribbean's first ever adventure theme park.
New Tate St Ives in the running for 2018 Stirling Prize
Tate St Ives is the only leisure building to find its way onto the shortlist for the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize for the UK’s best new building.
British Museum seeks to acquire 'Trump Baby' for dissent exhibition
London's British Museum is planning to borrow the Trump Baby blimp, which flew over the capital's streets last week in protest against US President Donald Trump's visit last week.
+ More news   
LATEST JOBS
Business Turnaround Manager
The Jockey Club
Salary: Up to £55,000 (depending on experience) + pension
Job location: Newmarket, UK
Visitor Services Supervisor
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Salary: £24,835 per annum
Job location: Wakehurst, West Sussex
Overnight Accommodation Manager
Zoological Society of London
Salary: £31,464 per annum
Job location: London, UK
Forest Centre Operations Manager
Forestry Commission
Salary: £29,695 - £32,811
Job location: Thetford, UK
Marketing Manager
Legoland Discovery Centre
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Kansas City, Missouri, USA
Marketing Manager
Legoland Discovery Centre
Salary: Competitive
Job location: Melbourne VIC, Australia
+ More jobs  
 


ADVERTISE . CONTACT US

Leisure Media, Portmill House, Portmill Lane,
Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 1DJ Tel: +44 (0)1462 431385

©Cybertrek 2018

ABOUT LEISURE MEDIA
LEISURE MEDIA MAGAZINES
LEISURE MEDIA HANDBOOKS
LEISURE MEDIA WEBSITES
LEISURE MEDIA PRODUCT SEARCH
ATTRACTIONS MANAGEMENT NEWS
ATTRACTIONS HANDBOOK
PRINT SUBSCRIPTIONS
FREE DIGITAL SUBSCRIPTIONS