Another roller coaster crash has again called into question their suitability for safe corporate events.

Following last year’s incident at Alton Towers that caused two young women to have leg amputations this one was on the inverted Tsunami ride at the M&D Theme Park, Motherwell, near Glasgow, where a number of the gondolas suspended below the track derailed and plunged 20 feet to the ground with two adults and seven children on board. One 12-year-old boy suffered serious chest, abdominal and leg injuries and an 11-year-old boy suffered serious arm and hand injuries.

A paid-for advertorial about theme parks in last month’s Conference News, The Big Attraction, described them as “gearing up for a summer of corporate fun” and suggested that organisers could get a return on investing in “thrills and spills”. Organisers who care more about the safety of their delegates could be forgiven for wondering if the next thrilling roller coaster spill might result in some injured, or dead ones.

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