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pluk   

These don't seem to live anywhere specific, a place for ride accident reports.So here's a report of a ride accident.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-humber-14702497Got to presume it's a belt snap roll back or one boat going into the back of a somehow stalled boat on a drop.

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Kevin   

There was a very low water level in the flume at Bridlington at the time, and the boat crashed into the bottom of the trough and threw the woman from the ride. Her leg was amputated.

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pluk   

More a mishap than accident, but I can think of better ways to spend a couple of hours than hanging sideways for a couple of hours in Skegness.....http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-lincolnshire-14723194Updated, turns out there were injuries, one serious.

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Kevin   

Exceptionally entertaining that a plane crashed into a Ferris Wheel and EVERYONE was fine.

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^ Please tell me that's sarcastic...?

I imagine(and hope) he means he likes reading about them.Amazing really, when you read through that site, yes there's alot, but of all the rides/attractions in the world, there really are not that many at all...Unless you look at the inflatables!

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pluk   

That site used to be great, but it updates so infrequently now it's not much use really.I love ride accidents too, and of course I mean reading about them (I would much rather they didn't happen at all obviously). It's a shame that it can be quite difficult to find details of the investigation and discovered causes after the event though, that's the really interesting bit. They should do a seconds from disaster theme park edition!

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TPGG   

Yeah I love reading about because it's interesting, sorry if my previous post came out wrong ;) I hate it when people don't trust the safety of theme park rides today thoughTotally just got a 40% warn status for that post, bit harsh?

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Seems Dragon Challenge/Dueling Dragons at Universal in Florida is unlikely to duel each other again. -_-

After a pair of incidents in July and August 2011 in which riders were hit by flying objects during the course of the ride, Universal officials announced plans to operate the two roller coasters separately, pending the completion of an investigation. This is the first major change to the ride's operation since its opening in 1999.[4] In October 2011, Universal officials announced that the dueling aspect of the ride was to be removed permanently, with the ride instead becoming "a high-speed chase between two coasters."[1]

Seems plausible I guess, I mean lets face it, had this been a UK ride, health and safety would have enforced this modification years back; incident or no incident. The area especially where the two "dragons" charge at each other and dive upwards into a loop just before touching each other must be quite a high risk area for loose objects to become projectiles.

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pluk   

I mean lets face it, had this been a UK ride, health and safety would have enforced this modification years back; incident or no incident. The area especially where the two "dragons" charge at each other and dive upwards into a loop just before touching each other must be quite a high risk area for loose objects to become projectiles.

Story has been around for a while now, and yeah it's sad and bad news. But really? You think UK H+S is tougher than US? Have you been to BPPB? I think in the UK an investigation would have found there was nothing further the park could do to ensure safety, blamed quest stupidity and the duelling would continue. As it should in America,

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Sam P   

Seems Dragon Challenge/Dueling Dragons at Universal in Florida is unlikely to duel each other again. -_- .

I rode them a couple of weeks back and it just isnt the same them not dueling. Hope they will change there minds one day. :P

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Story has been around for a while now, and yeah it's sad and bad news. But really? You think UK H+S is tougher than US? Have you been to BPPB? I think in the UK an investigation would have found there was nothing further the park could do to ensure safety, blamed quest stupidity and the duelling would continue. As it should in America,

I completely agree and I believe dueling should continue; if not then the name really needs to be rethought because it is hardly a challenge if one dragon is going to be constantly "chasing" another -_- . I'm not really up on the respective strictness on health and safety from the UK compared to the US; was purely a presumption :P

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Dan   

I always stay Away from fairgrounds and stay going the big theme parks for exactly this reason. I think they don't do the safety checks enough compared to Thorpe and Alton etc .

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Mark9   

I always stay Away from fairgrounds and stay going the big theme parks for exactly this reason. I think they don't do the safety checks enough compared to Thorpe and Alton etc .

Fun fair rides are taken down and put up again so often that they are probably a teeny bit safer then theme parks, they are always checked over when rebuilt. Theme Parks are just that little bit better at covering up minor ride incidents.

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Benin   

Also, funfairs still have to follow very strict guidelines regarding rides the same as theme parks.And once again, how many of these accidents not only occur per year, but are NOT due to the stupidity of people? Very little on both counts...

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Luke_A   

Fun Fair rides actually get checked over in more ways than theme park ride versions in some cases... lets take Vortex as an example. Vortex probably gets checked every morning, before it opens. Parts like the motor at the top, or the moving floor might only get checked every once in a while. Whereas on the funfair equivalent, the ride is pulled down and erected again within a few days, checks will be carried out and any problems noticed by the showman. Of course the chances of a problem occurring is slim, but things do happen.

Owning a Fun Fair ride is like owning a car to the showman, all travelling rides have a yearly Non Destructive and Ride Test, this is a bit like an M.O.T and has to happen every year, or else the ride cannot operate. There are various certificates that the rides need to operate, such as ADIPS (Amusement Device Inspection Procedures Scheme), Fun Fair rides and Theme Park rides get an ADIPS test.

Here's some photo's below of Billy Danter's Extreme (Tivoli Remix Orbiter) having it's yearly inspection. :lol:

Below, the hydraulic ram for the restraints is tested to check that all welds are strong.

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Here, the strengths of the welds and stress areas are being checked again, with a device that works a bit like a sonar.

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So yeah... Fairgrounds are pretty safe. Most rides are produced by companies which also produce very identical rides for Theme Parks e.g. Fabbri, KMG, Mack (some Music Express's etc), Gerstlauer, Tivoli, Huss and of course more... Good thing about fairs is that you get a decent&intense ride cycle on most rides, unlike some theme parks ;)

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