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Post time 2017-2-6 08:57:50 |Display all floors
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A teenage girl has died after being flung out of a fast-turning ride at an amusement park in central China.
She was thrown on to metal railings and was taken to a hospital, where she later died.
An initial investigation showed her seatbelt had broken and a passenger safety bar did not fit tightly enough at the Chaohua Park near the city of Chongqing.
The "Travel Through Space" ride was inspected in December, reports said.
The West China Metropolis Daily reported on Sunday that the girl's family had reached a compensation agreement with the park for their only child's death amounting to 870,000 yuan ($127,000; £100,000).
China's safety regulator said it had asked Chongqing authorities to suspend all the park's big rides for checks to be carried out.
It also ordered other companies operating the same ride to stop using it and contact its manufacturer in the city of Chengdu for further checks.
Worst amusement park accidents
Eight teenagers were killed in a 1984 fire at the Six Flags Great Adventure amusement park in New Jersey, US. Arsonists are believed to have started the blaze
Six people died in a failed simulated rocket launch in Shenzhen, China, in 2010. One of the cars on the centrifuge ride became loose, lost power and the ride fell to the ground in flames with 44 people inside
Five children were killed when the Battersea Park Big Dipper malfunctioned in the UK in 1972. Rope hauling cars to the top of launch slope broke and a safety mechanism failed, causing cars to roll into the boarding area
Four people died in 2016 when their raft on the Thunder River Rapids ride in the Dreamworld Amusement park in Queensland, Australia, collided with another raft and flipped over
Three died at the Galaxyland Amusement Park in Alberta, Canada, in 1986. The last car of a four-car train on the Mindbender triple loop ride came away from the track, throwing off passengers before crashing into a concrete pillar
Sixteen people - including two teenage girls who needed leg amputations - were injured at UK's Alton Towers park in 2015. Staff failed to notice a stationary car on the 14-loop Smiler ride and overrode the stop mechanism, sending the next car into it.(news from BBC trending)

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Post time 2017-2-6 12:48:49 |Display all floors
No point reporting past accidents when this one has already taken a life.

Better to report past accidents, lessons learned and safety measures taken BEFORE an accident happens and then trigger comprehensive nationwide checking - not just amusement rides but also lifts, escalators, train and stadium barriers, wireless towers, overhead cranes, bridges, sharp bend cliffs, overloaded boats, weak brakes, bald tyres, cheap electrical wiring, jetplane engine freeze-up, slippery roads, fogged highways, dirty cafeteria food, nightclub and hotel fire escapes, firecracker and fuel storage - any place where masses of clueless people gather and innocently expect machinery, chemicals, things and structures to operate faultlessly but they may not because maintenance has not been done regularly and properly or safety measures have been ignored.

There have been many past mishaps. Remember this one?> dozens of students in a camp burned to death in Korea. What should this trigger? Every application for group tour or outing must have an emergency checklist of who will be responsible, and what can happen and must be pre-checked before the application is to be approved.

The third principle of good society is prevention better than no-cure.

Because one life saved saves the whole country.

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