Student Outcome
  • -Able to understand how to place riders on rides, considering height and size regulations, and balancing numbers and weights.
  • -Able to understand ride instructions, safety and emergency procedures.

Ride Operations

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    Loading of Rides

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    Ride Accidents

    Ride accidents often occur because safety procedures are not followed.

    There are four things to consider when loading rides.

    • Numbers of riders
      • Strictly follow the regulations.
    • Height of rider
      • Children who are less than the minimum height requirement.
      • Adults who are very tall and may risk hitting their head.
    • Oversized rider
      • Weight could create problems with balancing the ride.
      • An oversized waistline may prevent the safety bar locking in.
    • Balance of ride
      • Each carriage needs to be balanced.
      • Overall weight across the ride needs to be balanced.

    Accidents may be prevented if ride operators follow these safety procedures.

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    Ride Safety

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    Rides may refer to those in:

    • amusement parks and agricultural shows, such as ferris wheels or dodgem cars.
    • resorts, such as cable cars on the ski slopes.

    The basic rules for operation and emergency procedures are similar.

    Ride operators:

    • should be trained in the safe operation of the ride.
    • should be able to work safely and stay alert to prevent hazards.
    • should know and obey all safety rules and procedures.
    • are responsible for their own safety as well as other employees and the riders.

    Operators should complete an inspection checklist. They should:

    • make sure the surroundings are tidy, clean and free of hazards.
    • display safety and warning signs.
    • report any hazardous situations immediately.

    Hazards may be anything that may cause a rider to:

    • trip
    • fall
    • bump their head
    • get a splinter
    • get a cut


    Each ride has:

    • specific rules for specific safety reasons.
    • a safety zone for the personal safety of the ride operator.

    Rider responsibility should be encouraged, and the ride operator can play an important role in this by:

    • posting safety instructions at the entrance to the ride.
    • giving verbal instructions to riders, such as:
      • be careful of the step when getting on or off the ride.
      • keep hands, arms, legs and feet inside at all times.
      • make sure safety restraints are kept fastened and locked in place.
      • remind riders to remain seated until the ride comes to a complete stop.

    It is important to get the support of the parents of young children in promoting safe riding practices.

    The operator should make sure that:

    • the posted rules for the ride regarding age, height and weight restrictions are followed.
    • parents are alerted of possible unsafe conditions for young children.

    In case of an emergency, such as a breakdown, the ride operator should:

    • keep calm.
    • inform the riders what is happening, taking care not to alarm them.
    • give the riders some basic instructions, such as:
      • remain seated
      • keep as still as possible
      • keep all restraints fastened
    • tell the riders you will continue to keep them informed.

    When the ride is again operational and the riders get off, it is important to thank them for their patience and for following all emergency instructions.

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    There are 2 parts in this section.

    1. The Glossary

    The glossary lists the more difficult words related to the topic in alphabetical order. The glossary also gives the meaning for each word.

    2. Look, Cover, Write, Check!

    This activity gives you practice at remembering and writing the words from the glossary.

  • The Glossary

Check It

Check It Quiz

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Ride Operations
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Look, Cover, Write, Check!

Try to memorise the following word.
When you are ready, click the mouse in the textbox below and try to spell the word correctly.
  • balanced
  • hazard
  • height
  • injury
  • inspection
  • maximum
  • minimum
  • operator
  • oversized
  • preventable
  • procedure
  • restraint
  • safety
  • specific
  • weight

Loading of Rides

Complete the crossword by using the Word List below. Click on a question to begin typing the answer.
Word List
The following people are about to get onto a ride.
Drag and drop them to two different sides of the ride the ensure it's balanced.
Left Side Right Side
The following people all want to ride the ski bar, but only two can fit.
Drag and drop two people to ride on the ski bar together to ensure the ride is balanced.
Left Side Right Side
The kids people all want to get on this ride. Select the ones who meet the minimum height requirement.
Drag and drop to complete the following sentences.
A 3-year-old girl was
after she was thrown from an
amusement ride. The girl was
centimetres tall. She did not meet the ride's minimum
requirement of 100 centimetres. It was found that she slipped underneath the
bar just after the
had started.

Ride Safety

Choose the two correct answers.
Ride operators should be:
trained in the safe operation of equipment
able to go on lots of rides
able to work safely
Choose the two correct answers.
Hazards may cause riders to:
bump their heads
enjoy the ride
Choose the two correct answers.
Rides should have:
safety zones
safety signs
Choose the two correct answers.
If a ride breaks down, the ride operator should:
inform the riders
keep calm
tell the riders to remove their restraints
Drag and drop the things a ride operator should check before operating a ride.
Possible hazards
Safety and warning signs
Tidiness and cleanliness
Equipment safety
Bank account
Other attractions
Food outlets
Drag and drop the warning signs you may see at a ride.
Keep arms and legs inside
Remain seated
Keep safety restraints fastened
Be careful getting on and off
Behave in a stupid manner
Eat your lunch
Stand up
Warning Signs