On April 5, two 15-year-olds and one 16-year-old were injured in a Ferris wheel accident at the Byron Bay Bluesfest in New South Whales, Australia. Medics arrived on the scene, and after being checked out, one girl went home while the other two girls were sent to the hospital. They were released the next day.
The car that the three teens were in broke free from the Ferris wheel structure and fell just over 26 feet. According to the Tweed Daily News, the two 15-year-old girls suffered back injuries, while the 16-year-old walked away with cuts and abrasions.
Australia's government agency WorkCover, which manages workplace safety, is launching an investigation to find out what caused the accident. "It seems that a cage on the Ferris wheel has become disconnected and fallen," WorkCover spokesman John Kirby said.
Going on amusement park rides is generally a safe activity. According to the International Association of Amusement Park Attractions, you are more likely to be injured when you play sports or even ride a bike. Many injuries that occur from amusement park rides are preventable, which is why it's important to follow amusement park guidelines. With summer fast approaching, here are some tips to help keep you and your friends safe:
Stick to the Rules - Read every ride's boarding restrictions before you get in line and make sure you meet all the requirements. There are reasons why those rules are set in place, even if you might not know what they are.
Stay Locked In - Stay seated, keep your hands on the grab bar and keep your feet and knees inside the car. If your ride has a lap bar, make sure it's locked in tight. If you're not sure if you're seated correctly, ask an attendant for help.
Ride Smart - Some rides can whip your head around, putting you at risk for injury. Stay in the middle of your seat and relax your body. You don't want to be too stiff or too limp. Try to move with the ride instead of letting it thrash you around.
If You See Something, Say Something - If you notice that something is broken or doesn't seem right, tell a park employee right away. They can work to fix the problem immediately and keep the experience safe and fun for everyone.