Ride safety is paramount in theme parks. We often say that safety is “1” and the others are “0”. Only with the “0” after this “1” can it be valuable; the popularity, profit, and profit are meaningful after safety. If there is a problem with security, the others are all zero. Therefore, it is necessary to be foolproof regarding safety; otherwise, “one loss is nothing.” Safety first, prevention first is our principle, mainly in the following four aspects:
1. Optimize the organizational structure and implement the management system
We implement a three-level management network: networking, systematization, and standardization. We set up a safety management office based on Suzhou Amusement Park Industry Group, and five people specially inspect and supervise each scenic spot’s safety work.
We have re-optimized and compiled the instructive management documents and technical documents such as the amusement rides safety management system, job responsibilities, and operating procedures; at the same time, we have strengthened the level-by-level management system: safety responsibilities Implemented to each department, each team, and each post, so that whoever is in charge is responsible, and whoever operates is responsible.
2. Strengthen the management of rides certification and strictly implement the unique rides inspection system
It includes four aspects: registration, training plan, and certification.
3. Strengthen safety management to ensure safe operation
We have daily inspections, patrol inspections, weekly inspections, monthly inspections, annual inspections, preventive shutdown maintenance, and other measures.
Daily inspection: amusement rides are inspected and maintained every day before they are put into operation. The rides foreman arranges maintenance personnel to perform the inspection according to the daily inspection requirements, and the central part of the inspection is the safety device;
Regular inspection: The inspection of amusement rides mainly refers to the inspection of the rides under operating conditions; the frequency is more than five times a day. The main contents of the inspection: whether there is abnormal noise, vibration, etc. Whether the current, voltage, and pressure display of the electrical control system are stable, and whether the temperature rise is expected, etc.;
Weekly inspection: All parts of the amusement rides are selectively inspected according to the inspection requirements, and the lubrication, cleaning, and tightening of the relevant parts are done well.
Monthly inspection: It is mainly carried out by maintenance personnel to eliminate possible faults on the rides and to check the mechanical and electrical rides, wire ropes, etc., in detail.
Annual inspection: including inspection of important shaft parts, welding parts, wire ropes, etc., and inspection of pressure gauges and safety valves. The annual inspection is to conduct a quality census for each part of the amusement facility, check the safety and technical performance of the rides, and carry out a load test.
Preventive downtime maintenance: Suzhou Amusement Park will hold some large-scale activities yearly. We have formulated preventative downtime maintenance plans according to our business characteristics. Preventive downtime (if necessary) is carried out during the month (before Oktoberfest), September (before November Golden Week), and after October Golden Week (November, December).
In addition to the daily maintenance work, we must also do an excellent job supsupervising amusement rides. Each amusement ride has a matching safety management manual, so the maintenance and repair of the amusement rides can always be controlled. State.
We have formulated an emergency plan for each amusement ride, requiring each ride to conduct emergency rescue drills every month. We also regularly organize emergency management training for relevant operators to plan and prevent problems before they occur. At the same time, according to the new situation and new issues found in the ride operation and inspection process, the original plan will be continuously improved and perfected.
4. Highlight key points and ensure the safe operation of rides
In 2017, the Special Bureau issued a notice on investigating and managing large-scale ride safety hazards. After receiving the relevant notice from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection, and Quarantine, Suzhou Amusement Park established a unique rides safety hazard investigation and management leading group and arranged and deployed point by point. The investigation and rectification of the hidden safety hazards of the amusement rides in Suzhou Amusement Park has formed a clear work plan and scheme.
They also signed a safety production responsibility letter with each department of the company. The responsibility letter specifies the work content of unique rides inspection and rectification and the safe operation responsibilities of various management personnel.
Then, according to the company’s unique rides major safety hazard investigation and rectification plan, combined with the actual situation of the park, carefully organized, conscientiously carry out all-round and whole-process self-inspection and self-correction, and continuously and dynamically eliminate various safety hazards to ensure the safe operation of the rides used. After the inspection, we continue to summarize the experience and results, finish the job well, and form a summary report.
At the same time, taking this investigation and rectification work as an opportunity, a perfect long-term mechanism for the safety management of unique rides has been formed to prepare for the opening of the forest world under construction in Suzhou Paradise.
Moreover, on-demand maintenance ensures the investment of maintenance funds. Although Happy World is close to closing, the company has set up special funds for amusement projects to provide capital investment in rides and facility maintenance and that each ride can be maintained on demand and according to plan.
In addition, it further strengthens staff education and training. We use our platforms such as LED display screens, corporate magazines, publicity boards, WeChat groups, OA systems, department regular meetings, and team morning meetings to preach and strengthen the safety knowledge and critical points of amusement rides. Cases of safety accidents occurred to carry out safety warning education; in addition, a unique safety meeting was held to analyze the causes of amusement rides accidents, so that the operation and maintenance personnel of amusement rides knew how to prevent the risks of amusement rides, eliminate the accidents caused by amusement rides, and further Lay a solid foundation for the safe operation of amusement rides in theme parks.
We know that in the safe operation of amusement rides, employees are direct participants and play a vital role. Let employees consciously pay attention to the safety work of amusement rides.
There must be publicity and education to ensure that employees can clearly understand the importance of safe work, and corresponding punishment methods should be used to assist to ensure the long-term effect of safe work from the system and supervision mechanism.
The essence of management is to let employees consciously regard the safe operation of amusement rides as the core part of their work to form an unbeatable line of defense in safety management.