Some experts on amusement park rides called this weekend for adopting recommendations to train park workers to shut down rides immediately after an accident and stay with any injured person.
In addition, the experts at a national conference in San Diego called lap bars a mostly psychological safety device that do little to physically restrain riders.
The issues of both lap-bar safety and rider-operator response have emerged as concerns in the critical injury of 4-year-old Brandon Zucker on Disneyland's Roger Rabbit Car Toon Spin on Sept. 22. Brandon remained in critical condition Sunday at UC Irvine Medical Center after he toppled from his ride vehicle and was caught under the following car.
The comments on training of ride operators and of whether lap bars keep passengers safe emerged at this weekend's meeting of the Amusement Rides and Devices committee of the American Society for Testing and Materials, a group that writes and publishes safety standards on such things as surgical instruments, nuclear power plants and amusement-park rides. The conference drew carnival and park owners from Orlando to Anaheim, along with ride engineers and designers.
Conference participants avoided specific references to the Roger Rabbit accident, but their topics of conversation included lap bars and employee training--two issues that arose after the Disneyland accident.
Last month, two parkgoers who attempted to free Brandon from under the car said that while several bystanders tried to lift the vehicle, they saw no Disneyland rider operators or other employees at the accident scene. After some minutes, the two witnesses said, Disney maintenance workers arrived and raised the vehicle by lifting nearby floorboards.
Ray Gomez, Disneyland spokesman, declined to comment on the conference, citing the ongoing investigation. Last week, Gomez said the ride operators followed Disneyland procedures.
At the conference, some experts said they believe ride operators at parks nationwide frequently lack appropriate training. Find more similar rides from http://bestonamusementparkrides.com/ for the amusement park.