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A British tourist was hospitalized after losing the fingertips on his right hand while riding on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Walt Disney World in Florida. The man was treated at a local hospital after the ring and pinky fingers of his right hand were sliced.
The cause of the Thursday, July 10 incident was reported to be unclear and the ride opened after a brief shutdown. An inspection after the accident found nothing to be wrong with the ride said EOnline (7.11.14).
The Orlando Sentinel (7.11.14) said that the man had his hand outside of the boat at the time of the accident.
During the first few minutes of the ride, a verbal safety message is played warning guests to “keep your ruddy hands inboard.” There are also signs posted near where guests board the ride. Those say “For your safety remain seated with hand, arms, feet and legs inside vehicle.”
Often theme park accidents happen because people refuse to follow specific ride safety instructions, or deliberately break park rules. These rules are not there to diminish fun, but to keep people safe.
Of course, amusement park accidents may happen due to negligence on the part of the park, either by the ride operator or by maintenance. Additional causes for amusement park ride accidents include inappropriate supervision, defective design, mechanical failure, and missing or broken safety equipment. These accidents can result in serious injury or death to amusement park visitors or park workers.
According to the 2011 Fixed-Site Amusement Ride Injury Survey* prepared for the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA), approximately 297 million guests visit amusement parks each year in the United States and take 1.7 billion safe rides. In 2011, an estimated 1204 people suffered ride-related injuries and 383 people died on rides. About 59 percent of the injuries occurred on family and adult rides, nearly 28 percent occurred on rollercoasters, and approximately percent occurred on children’s rides.
The Pirates of the Caribbean ride is a dark, slow-moving boat that glides through the water along a track,
The EOnline story cited is “Disney World Guest Suffers Accident on Pirates of the Caribbean Ride, Loses Tips of 2 Fingers