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

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The death of a woman who fell from a Texas roller coaster recently has renewed concern about the safety of California’s amusement park rides.

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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