Monday, August 29, 2016

Death in Kansas City

From ENR - regarding the recent waterslide tragedy in Kansas City:

"The Verruckt was the brain child of Jeff Henry, co-owner of the Schlitterbahn waterpark empire, and John Schooley, the company’s head designer, according to the Star, citing a bevy of interviews granted to various media outlets over the years by Henry.

No slouches, Henry and Schooley, have teamed up on eight patents related to waterpark rides, the Star has reported.
 
“Henry holds numerous patents for ride innovations and has brought inland water surfing, uphill water coasters and endless tube rides to the industry,” Schlitterbahn notes on its website.” The Henry family operates four Schlitterbahn parks around the country.”
 
But neither one is a licensed engineer, according to the paper, which reported that Schlitterbahn employee Mark Stuart was listed on the building permit as the project’s architect.
 
Henry and Schooley designed the ride using trial and error. Sandbags fell off the ride in earlier versions, prompting a series of changes to the angles of the ride, according to the paper.
 
A Schlitterbahn spokeswoman declined to answer whether any other certified engineers, beyond BSE, were involved in the “vetting, review or design of the ride,” and, if they weren’t, then why?"

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