Officials: Daily inspections, ride restrictions keep Canobie Lake Park attractions safe
The new thrill ride takes riders spinning upside-down, reaching a maximum height of 75-feet in the air.
"All three inspections are conducted everyday prior to the attractions being opened to the public," Nicoli said, noting that additional inspections are conducted annually by the state, as well as an independent third-party inspection company.
Working closely with ride engineers and manufacturers, park officials give each ride minimum and maximum height requirements, and in some cases, place restrictions on "certain body types and/or proportions" according to Nicoli,
"Each ride has its rules, which are clearly posted near the ride entrance," he added.
Lockwood is one of two full-time safety inspectors who oversee the state's 675 or so amusement rides.
State inspectors work regularly with ride manufacturers to keep abreast of trends in safety concerns.
According to statistics provided by the Amusement Safety Organization, there were three injury incidents at Canobie Lake Park last summer, where three park guests reported suffering back injuries after riding the Yankee Cannonball roller coaster.
Further inspections revealed the girl slipped from underneath her seat's overhead restraint — since the incident the ride has been fitted with new safety rails to close the gap between the side rail and overhead restraint.
"We often see behavior issues on the passenger's part," he added.
When asked how the recent tragedy at Six Flags Over Texas might influence New Hampshire's current safety practices, Lockwood said, "It's definitely a concern, though I don't think we'll have any knee-jerk reactions."
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