Theme Park Safety

Also known as an amusement park, a theme park is simply a place where thrilling attractions of all kinds are all based on a single idea. Theme parks are known best for their water rides and rollercoasters. Some even boast a chain of signature restaurants, shops, and other themed entertainment that appeal to anybody who wants to have some massive fun. These attractions are an excellent place for both children and people of any age. Nevertheless, strong health and safety precautions should be followed by all guests to ensure fall prevention and reduce levels of injuries.

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Safety Precautions


Safety is always a top priority for people working in the theme park industry---no wonder cases of injury are rarely reported. According to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), the likeliness of a person getting severely injured on a fixed-site ride at a UK theme park is 1 in 15 million. This is because the ride technicians are tasked with building rides that can stand the test of time to ensure all riders are safe.


Experts hired for this type of work must have some updated knowledge about control systems engineering and mechanical engineering. The theme park managers should also take every precaution to ensure they are in line with health and safety regulations (HSE) to maximize safety as well as minimize the risk of failure of theme park rides.


Below are some of the safety measures technicians put in place to ensure all rides operate safely:


"Block Zone" Systems


A block zone system works to prevent cars from hitting each other, by keeping at least one empty track space or zone between vehicles at all times. The reserved space is about the size of a vehicle in length. Control mechanisms put in place only allow vehicles to pass through once the zone ahead is clear. Theme park technicians use the same logic even in simple boat rides or bobsled-style rides to prevent injury on guests.


Safety PLCs


Because PCs are not quite reliable to operate long hours in theme park attractions, ride engineers usually employ a more effective and advanced diagnostic tool called a PLC. This gadget allows staff members to detect any problem with rides faster and take the necessary steps to solve the underlying issue more quickly. In consequence, the risk of failure is greatly reduced to a whole new level.


Single and Multiple Point Failure Analysis


This specific procedure is conducted on every part of the control system to find failure points in the system's software, hardware, and mechanics. If a malfunction is found in any of these points, the staff members are notified so that they can have the problem fixed.


Failure Modes and Effects Analysis


Finally, this is the last procedure used to check the overall health status of rides in theme parks. The procedure is performed on every control and monitoring point to see how a ride will behave. Otherwise, this safety measure must take place before any attraction can start inviting guests around.


Conclusion


Theme parks are mainly established to entertain the crowd looking to have a mind-blowing experience. Millions of people visit amusement parks every year to hang out and have some massive fun together by indulging in thrilling rides of a kind. Theme parks also make for an excellent place where people can meet to spectacle epic shows, try delicious foods from different cultures and much more. Theme parks are also specifically tailored for both children and adults of any age. Otherwise, strong health and safety precaution measures should be put in place to ensure fall prevention and maximum safety of all the attraction's rides.