Amusement rides’ checks intensify in China

Amusement rides’ checks intensify in China

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Two accidents happened in amusements parks in China, which killed one person and injured three people in September 2013. Due to these incidences, top quality watchdog in China has asked for rigorous safety checks of amusement rides in the country, before the National Day holiday which lasts from October 1, 2013 until October 7, 2013.

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The quality supervision officials across the nation are urged to intensify inspection on rides including swing rides, roller coasters and cableways at China’s amusements parks and scenic spots. The spokesperson for the administration, Li Benjun confirmed at a press conference on September 29, 2013 that the order has been given by the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine.

In one accident, which happened on September 16, 2013, a man at the Fragrant Hills Park in Beijing fell and died while he was riding in a cable car at the park. The local authorities are required to stop operation of facilities which are unregistered or do not fulfill safety standards. Operators are also urged to keep rides in good working condition and must increase safety training among employees.

The authority went on to say that the lack of funding for maintenance, as well as a large number of tourists during holidays are also the reasons behind accidents. The secretary-general of the China Association of Special Equipment Inspection, Shen Gang said that the current regulations are not enough to keep an eye on the small and medium-sized operators.

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