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(Some Guy)   Roller coaster manager makes bid for Darwin Award   ( divider line
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29799 clicks; posted to Main » on 03 Mar 2003 at 12:39 AM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2003-03-03 06:39:07 AM  
I tried to tell him.
2003-03-03 08:18:34 AM  
"Lockout, tagout" would have prevented this accident. It doesn't seem like the work was being done in the correct way. It's hard to say who was at fault, but if the power had been cut, and it was locked and tagged as it should be, it would not have happened. Usually, they use things like those shown in the bottom right of the picture below to lock out the power. Every person working on the thing powered down puts their own lock on it, and it can't be turned back on until everyone unlocks theirs.

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2003-03-03 08:52:20 AM  
I mean....THIS is 5 min from my house!
2003-03-03 09:04:00 AM  
Right. I didn't think that you lived in TOGAKUSHI.
2003-03-03 09:16:22 AM  
Assistant manager? Sounds like a "wonderful" job, I'm surprised he didn't go off the rails...oh wait!

/Boards the roller coaster for hell!
2003-03-03 09:38:40 AM  
You know, I thought that this article was retarded and not funny until I saw the picture of that roller coaster above. This story may fall well short of Darwin Award status, but it definately wind the "Weirdest Last Sight" award. Maybe the "Being killed by snake rollercoaster" award too.

It's early.
2003-03-03 09:38:50 AM  
Nope, wasn't me that posted this. Nice try though. :)

But yeah, most little coasters this size are designed to be run by one op, so they wouldn't have a pair of start buttons for two people to have to hit at once for safety. Still though, sucks, but easily preventable.
2003-03-03 10:33:39 AM  
If you saw this on the local news (as I did) you would not call this a Darwin award winner. This is tragic. It sounds like his shirt got caught somehow and he was decapitated. He was inspecting a possible problem on the tracks and there is no word why the train was running at the time. He also was killed in front of his son who was assisting him, not to mention numerous families.
2003-03-03 10:48:14 AM  
at least he didnt fall off of a ski lift chair
2003-03-03 10:56:19 AM  
"Investigators said they believed the 43-year-old Dearborn Heights man, whose name was not released, was killed instantly, the station said."

Sooooo..... where, exactly, did this quote come from??
2003-03-03 10:59:16 AM  
Ummm...Jeepers is a kid's place - along the same lines as Chuck E. Cheeze. I'm surprised a coaster of that size could kill anyone.
2003-03-03 11:28:26 AM  
GBB I believe that means that this article got their info from "the station," who got their info from "investigators." i.e. The investigators told the station, and the station told the writer of this article.
2003-03-03 01:00:35 PM  
Hillary did it.
2003-03-03 02:05:24 PM  
03-03-03 12:54:22 AM Yotta
Rule One: LOCK IT OUT before you work on it!

I thought Rule One was "Don't talk about Fight Club."
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2003-03-03 04:22:41 PM  
here you go​0330.htm l

Someone else turned on the ride and his kid was a witness. Next time someone posts a Darwin award candidate the mods might want to think about verifying the story somewhat before posting it on the main page.

This wasn't Darwin at all -- it was a tragic accident.
2003-03-03 07:47:19 PM  
Wreckless is the only way to describe this thread. A genuine Arizonian "fark you" goes out to the submitter.

C'mon down to Phoenix and we'll see how funny it is when I aim a rented Suburban at your skull.
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