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Amusement Ride Safety Considerations – The Manufacturer Manual

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011 | Permalink

by Joel Block | ezinearticles.com

It is the responsibility of every hirer, operator or attendant to familiarize themselves with the Ride Operation Manual before they undertake the operation of any amusement ride.

Ride Operation Manuals are the key to the safe operation of amusement rides and include daily checklists, logs, emergency instructions, lock-out procedures, hand signals, operator safety and other specific operating instructions. In addition, information regarding boarding and disembarking of passengers, checking of passenger restraint systems and ride operation are also included. It is extremely important that hirers, operators or attendants are completely familiar with all aspects of the ride that they are operating.

Just as airplane pilots are required to go through a pre-flight procedure, amusement ride hirers, operators or attendants have a specific Safety Checklist that they must complete and sign every day before admitting the public to the ride. Since this checklist is a legal document and can be used as evidence in case of a claim, it must be signed and dated properly in ink. The person who performed the action is the person whose signature should appear on the checklist. The shift supervisor will review and sign the checklist also. Any problems and concerns that arise during the pre-opening check completion must be corrected before the ride opens to the public.

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In addition to the Safety Checklist, amusement ride hirers, operators or attendants should maintain a daily Log to keep a record of the ride’s operational history. It is especially important to keep a record of any unusual occurrences regarding the ride’s operation. When there is an unusual occurrence, the amusement ride hirers, operators or attendants should stop the ride using the emergency shut-down procedures and notify the relevant people and authorities. They should also make a notation of the stoppage and its cause in the Log.

The hirer, operator or attendant is in charge of all the controls that operate the ride. The ride’s Start, Stop and Emergency Stop buttons are all controlled by the hirer, operator or attendant. Some rides require the hirer, operator or attendant to constantly keep a foot or a hand on a special switch while the ride is operating in order to keep it running.

Important!! This control must never disabled for any reason.

Hirers, operators or attendants must remain at their posts until they are certain that the ride has come to a complete stop before boarding and/or disembarking passengers. It is essential to remind passengers that they must remain in place and strapped in until the ride stops completely.

When a ride requires the presence of more than one hirer, operator or attendant, one of them must constantly remain at the controls while the ride is in motion, and should never leave the controls without ascertaining that the ride has been reasonably secured against unauthorized operation. In case of an emergency, the hirer/operator/attendant will shut the ride down according to the emergency shutdown procedures.

Hirers, operators or attendants should never remove or attempt to remove sick or injured passengers from a ride that it still in motion. They should never leave the controls until the ride has come to a complete stop.

There are also important considerations to be taken into account when boarding and disembarking passengers:

  • Before boarding a ride, the passengers must adhere to the ride restrictions as posted and the hirers, operators or attendants must enforce all posted restrictions
  • It is necessary to ensure that certain types of rides are balanced when boarding passengers. Therefore, the hirers, operators or attendants must have the passengers fill up cars opposite each other. When in doubt, hirers, operators or attendants should check with their supervisor or the ride manual that this is the case for the ride they are operating.

It is important to ascertain that the passengers:

  • Remain seated until the ride stops completely
  • Keep their hands and feet inside the ride, especially while the ride is moving
  • Grasp hand holds and lap bars while the ride is in motion
  • Observe the No Smoking rules while on the ride, whether it is moving or not

It is important that the passengers completely understand the rules, and what is expected of them while they are on the ride. Therefore, if the ride is equipped with a loudspeaker, hirers, operators or attendants should use it to announce the rules periodically so that passengers will hear them and become familiar with them while they are waiting their turn to board the ride. If necessary, the hirers, operators or attendants should read from a prepared text to maintain the announcement’s clarity.

Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list of all amusement ride safety regulations. However, if hirers, operators or attendants and passengers all follow these rules and cooperate with each other, everyone will safely enjoy their time at the amusement park. Note these rules apply to both new and used amusement park rides.

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Coin Operated Amusement Equipment Financing

Thursday, October 6th, 2011 | Permalink

by Chris Mark Fletcher | ezinearticles.com

Coin operated amusement equipments are used extensively in the casino and video game industry. The owners of such sophisticated equipments generate high revenues, but incur high costs at the same time. Thus coin operated amusement equipment financing becomes essential for purchasing such high-priced equipments.

Coin operated pool tables provide a continuous stream of revenue to the owner. The machine has durable powder coated finish and is made up of a heavy duty aluminum frame. The stainless steel hardware ensures long lasting performance. Due to its added features, it costs high and thus calls for coin operated amusement equipment financing.

Video arcade machine is yet another coin operated amusement machine. It can be installed in restaurants, pubs, amusement parks and so on. It uses solid state electronics and integrated circuits. It uses special hardware with multiple CPU, sound and graphic chips and boards. It can be controlled through a personal computer or through some realistic means. It can also include some accessories like light guns, car, plane cockpit or motorbike model. The modern video arcades are highly sophisticated and expensive. Hence many amusement park owners find it wise to seek coin operated amusement equipment financing.

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Pinball machine too is coin operated amusement equipment. It is similar to other mechanical games but it may also be used as a gambling device. However nowadays it is used for amusement purposes only. Pinball machine has become a popular theme in computer games too. Though it helps generate revenues for the owner from the very first day, the machine is quite pricey and so many business owners look for coin operated amusement equipment financing to purchase this machine.

Redemption game machine is controlled automatically by the winning percentage of players. When the player pushes start button, the arrows are shown in the display panel. The player needs to hit the punch head with the hammer so that he can turn around the play field. The game provides a lot of fun and pleasure to the players especially to the children. Hence it is essential in an amusement park. Due to its great features, it is very expensive. Therefore, coin operated amusement equipment financing becomes essential to acquire this machine.

The coin operated amusement equipments, though expensive are essential in restaurants, amusement parks and other public places. They are not at all an expense but an investment. The business owner can get revenue from the equipment even from the first day itself.

There are some reliable financing companies that have great experience in general equipment financing. They understand the need for these types of equipment in any entertainment places and so they are ready to provide easy financial assistance for interested candidates to acquire them. The business owner would not be required to meet any embarrassing procedures to get the desired amount. A simple online application is enough to get fast approval. Sometimes the business owner would get the amount even on the same day. They grant coin operated amusement equipment financing in better terms. Hence the business owners can repay the amount in low monthly installment.

It is also a good idea to take a look at used amusement equipment. You can get coin operated amusement equipment in very good condition, at lower cost.

Therefore it is possible for almost all amusement park owners to buy all the essential coin operated amusement equipment.

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