Testing A Zip Line That Goes Round Corners

Tom Scott
If you invent a new theme park or amusement ride, how do you test it to make sure it’s safe? There’s no Federal Bureau of Zip Lines. I visited one of the companies that does just that sort of testing – and, now, inventing.

More about Holmes Solutions: https://holmessolutions.com/

And their adventure recreation division: https://holmessolutions.com/case-study/adventure-recreation

Information on foreseeable misuse:
Health and Safety Executive. (2017). Fairgrounds and amusementparks: Guidance on safe practice. London: HSE Books. http://www.hse.gov.uk/pUbns/priced/hsg175.pdf [PDF]

Information on US regulation of theme parks:
Hollandsworth, S. (2018). Schlitterbahn’s Tragic Slide. Texas Monthly. Retrieved from https://www.texasmonthly.com/news/jeff-henry-verruckt-schlitterbahns-tragic-slide/ – this is an interesting and somewhat harrowing article on the now-demolished world’s largest waterslide.

Edited by Michelle Martin (@mrsmmartin)
Audio mix by Graham Haerther (http://haerther.net)

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