Wooden Rollercoaster, PNE

Overlooked Safety Concepts In Ride Operations

Presenter’s Name

Erik H. Beard

Instructor Bio Erik H. Beard is Managing Member and General Counsel of International Ride Training LLC.  He is an industry veteran of over 28 years both as an operator and an attorney.  For nearly ten years, Erik held various positions in ride operations management at Cedar Point, Worlds of Fun, and Universal’s Islands of Adventure.  Later, Erik began phase 2 of his career in the industry as an attorney, representing and advising the industry in a number of matters including compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act.  Today, Erik’s work with IRT is singularly focused on ride and attraction safety and accessibility as one of the guiding forces behind the International Ride Operator Certification program and the creator of ADA FAQ: Disability Training for the Attractions Industry, the only accessibility compliance training aimed directly at front line staff.
Track Operations
Presentation synopsis Overlooked Safety Concepts In Ride Operations
 This course is aimed at dispelling the myth that running a ride is nothing more than measuring kids and pushing the “Go” button.  It looks at several concepts in ride operations that have an impact on ride safety, but are frequently overlooked by ride operators.  The course is applicable to FECs, mobile shows, and fixed site attractions and will look at things like guest engagement, loose article policy, safe zones, track crossings, and pre-dispatch checks.