In yet another tragic theme park mishap, Australia’s “Dreamworld” experienced a death toll this week that rivaled Mosul. Four people were killed aboard the park’s Thunder River Rapids Ride at the Queensland amusement park, the largest and most popular in the country. In an apparent malfunction of a conveyor belt, the ride caused “unsurvivable” injuries to the four adults.
These deaths highlight a serious problem plaguing amusement parks. There is virtually no uniform oversight. Standards are lax and inspections rare. Much of the process is dependent upon operators, who may be poorly trained, paid and supervised.