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Kansas Amusement Ride Bill Seeks Tougher Safety Regulations In Wake Of Waterslide Death

Kansas state legislators have advanced a new bill that would toughen the state’s amusement ride safety laws months after the 10-year-old son of a Kansas Republican lawmaker was decapitated on a 17-story waterslide. The bill will go to the House floor and will have to be approved by the full chamber. It currently seems to have broad bi-partisan support among the assembly’s Democrats, moderate Republicans, and far-right Republicans, the Kansas City Star reported. Republican Rep. John Barker of Abilene, who pushed for better regulations, told the Kansas City Star that the bill is a “comprehensive first step” because it covers ... Read More

Family of Boy Killed on Waterslide Settles Wrongful Death Suit With Waterpark

The family of a 10-year-old Caleb Schwab, who was killed in a waterslide accident at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Kan., in August 2016, has reached a settlement with the park’s owners and the company that manufactured the rafts used on the ride. “The Schwab family remains determined to hold all those responsible for this tragedy accountable, while doing all they can to ensure this never happens again to another family,” the family’s attorney said in a statement e-mailed to the press. Caleb, the son of Kansas state representative and Speaker of the House Scott Schwab, was killed when ... Read More

Boy Decapitated on Kansas City Waterslide, Evidence Points To multiple Safety Failures

New details have emerged about the death of the 10-year-old boy who was killed on the world’s tallest waterslide in Kansas Sunday, indicating serious safety failures contributed to the horrific accident. Caleb Schwab, the son of a Kansas state lawmaker who was at the Schlitterbahn Kansas City water park with his family on “Elected Officials Day,” died after descending the “Verrückt” slide. The slide’s designers wanted to offer an extreme attraction to guests and created a 17-story vertical drop that ascends a second hill, followed by a second 50-foot drop. Various verified reports say the raft Caleb was seated in ... Read More

CPSC urges Americans to stay away from water walking balls

As warm seasonal temperatures begin spreading throughout the country, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is urging Americans to stay away from water walking balls, a new recreational danger that poses a number of serious health and safety hazards. Water walking balls are giant inflatable vinyl balls that people of all ages enter through a zippered opening. The ball is inflated though the zippered access and then zipped shut with the person inside. Once the ball is sealed, the person inside then can roll around on the surface of the water, or on other surfaces such as ice and grass. ... Read More