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Essay #2 Katelyn

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Theme parks and multi-billion dollar industry yet, they often hide or cover up the type and amounts of injuries that occur, including injuries to their workers. Do you think that theme parks should be required to openly and publically reveal what attractions have caused injury to patrons and workers and what types of injuries were sustained? Why or why not?

Writer: Katelyn C.

Theme Parks and Their Injuries

    Walking through theme parks, you never see or hear any information about how dangerous the rides can be and the amount of injuries they cause. This information should be made public and people should have the right to know how risky each ride is. This would not just protect the riders but also protect the park when it comes to liability issues and lawsuits. The injuries don’t have to necessarily be advertised in a sense, but people should be able to at least easily access this information. Riders and tourists should have the right to know the risks of what they are going to ride.

Injuries can be caused by various reasons such as ride malfunctions, riders not following safety rules, or not proper maintenance of the rides. In some cases, it’s not the riders who get injured, but the employees. Now, I would assume that theme parks have all employees sign a contract about injury and liability. If not, theme parks should definitely do that for everyone’s sake. They shouldn’t, however, make the riders sign any contracts because they should have some sense of the risks they are taking. On the other hand, statistics on injuries should be provided by the parks to the public.

The information that parks should supply is the amount of injuries per ride, and whether it was riders or employees. I don’t think they should supply the type of injuries that occurred because I believe that is breaking patient confidentiality. The person injured has the right to keep their type of injury confidential for personal reasons if they so choose to. However, if the patient (injured person) gives permission to make their type of injury public, then the park should include that in the information. The solution for parks being required to openly supply injury claims is to simply put a sign at the entrance of each ride stating the number of injuries and on a scale of one to ten, the average of how serious those injuries were. If injured people were to give permission to publicize their type of injury, the theme park could then put some examples of the types of injuries at the bottom of the sign. That way, even if no patient gives permission, people could be informed on how serious the injuries were without the park breaking patient confidentiality. Therefore the patient, park, and future riders are all happy.

Injuries due to rides is not just a liability issue for the park, but also a public health issue. Future riders should have the right to know what they are getting on risk­wise. If parks were open with the amounts of injuries that occur for each ride, riders could make wiser decisions on whether or not they want to go on certain rides. This could also decrease the amount of injuries that occur at theme parks. Theme parks should be required to publicize the amount of injuries that have been caused by their rides.

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