[Gov. Sam] Brownback had promised to follow [father of the victim State Representative Scott] Schwab’s lead. Schwab didn’t comment on the bill until he gave an emotional speech in support of it last month in the House. He told fellow House members that he didn’t come to the Legislature to increase regulations and he wouldn’t hold it against anyone who didn’t vote for the bill. “But I will never deny government has a role,” he said. “And you can get to a point where there’s just not enough.” Schwab told lawmakers the bill wasn’t about Caleb, but rather for “the next kid who goes some place in Kansas for a fun weekend.”Also from the insurance journal:
Schlitterbahn spokeswoman Winter Prosapio said there is no other ride like the Verruckt slide in the Schlitterbahn system, making it difficult to review practices and make potential safety changes to other rides.
And as the criminal indictment alleges:
9. On August 7, 2016, a 10-year-old boy, C.S. (xx/xx/2006), was decapitated and two adult women …were severely injured when raft B went airborne and collided with the overhead hoops and netting affixed to the Verrϋckt waterslide located at the Schiltterbahn Waterpark of Kansas City, Kansas.10. A video recording of C.S.’s death confirms that, at the time of his death, C.S. was obeying all rider instructions.11. The death of C.S. appeared at first to be an isolated and unforeseeable incident until whistleblowers from within Schiltterbahn’s own ranks came forward and revealed that Schiltterbahn officials had covered up similar incidents in the past.12. Experts in the field of amusement ride design and safety examined [the ride] and found physical evidence which indicated that other rafts had gone airborne and collided with the overhead hoops and netting before the fatality. Theses experts noted that [the ride]’s design violated nearly all aspects of the longstanding industry American Society for Testing & Materials (ASTM – from Key Individuals and Entities portion: ASTM sets technical standards for amusement ride safety that are recognized and accepted nationally and internationally as the minimum industry safety standards).Later:40. HSC hired an outside engineering firm to perform accelerometer testing of the rafts as they went down [the ride]… one week before [the ride]’s grand opening – the accelerometer test result data indicated that rafts in the weight range of 400 pounds to 550 pounds would likely go airborne at the crest of the second hill.41. Investigators recovered the accelerometer data from HSC’s own project records, meaning HENRY and SCHOOLEY both had access to this data. HENRY and SCHOOLEY either: (1) completely disregarded the accelerometer report; (2) they lacked the education and training to interpret and understand the results; or (3) they understood the results but opened the ride nonetheless.