Some observations on waterslide injuries.

Ball, David J. ORCID logoORCID: (1998) Some observations on waterslide injuries. Injury Prevention, 4 (3) . pp. 225-227. ISSN 1353-8047 [Article]


Method—Site investigation of operating characteristics including a traffic light controlled system, organisational safety culture, and user behaviour. Results—Despite a battery of safety features including closed circuit TV, citizen's band radios, a traffic light controlled system, part time supervision, and warning notices, the system was found to be inherently "unsafe" as operated. It placed a small but significant percentage of users in a hazardous situation whereby consecutive riders could collide with each other while in the flume even when conforming with all instructions. The realised risk might have been even higher were not staff and users adopting their own precautionary measures. Conclusions—The risk to waterslide users, even the majority observing the safety rules, was questionably high, and facility operators were vulnerable to a court ruling that they had failed in their duty of care. It is suggested that waterslide operators elsewhere, who are wholly or partially reliant on traffic light controlled systems, should carefully scrutinise the safety of their operating systems. Members of the public who use these facilities would, in any event, be well advised to remain vigilant whatever the perceived adequacy of the safety system in operation.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Centre for Decision Analysis and Risk Management (DARM)
Item ID: 4996
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Depositing User: Devika Mohan
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 07:12
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:18

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