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Texas Roller Coaster Accident Prompts New Look at California Theme Park Regulations

Donna Sutton, flickr
 

Donna Sutton, flickr

In California, the agency that monitors working conditions in the state is also in charge of making sure all roller coasters and other theme park, fair and carnival rides are safe. Peter Melton is with Cal OSHA. He says inspections are regular and thorough:

“There’s a review of all training documents and ride manuals. There’s an examination of training procedures and there’s also an unannounced inspection to insure that written policies are being followed.” 

Melton says customers can take charge of their own safety as well by alerting operators to anything they notice about a ride that seems unsafe.

According to the Center for Injury Research Policy at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital, about 4,400 children are hospitalized each year for injuries they receive on amusement park and carnival rides. 

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Max Pringle

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Max covers the state capital, bringing more than a decade of experience in print and public radio, including reporting for KPFA, KQED and KALW. He traces his news roots to working on his his high school newspaper.   Read Full Bio