Jayson Harris visited Lagoon amusement park in October 2018. His last ride of the night was on Rocket Re-Entry, a ride that drops riders from the top of a tower and bounces them up and down. The ride is equipped with an over-the-shoulder safety harness. Harris said before the ride started, operators singled him out to check his harness. Harris said the ride started, and as it dropped from the tower, he said it felt like the harness partially disengaged.
As Get Gephardt has reported before, Utah is one of six states that has no state agency with jurisdiction over amusement park rides.
Utah state Rep. Val Potter is trying to change that. Potter spent 14 years working in the amusement ride industry and last year sponsored a bill to make sure amusements are safe for Utahns. The bill would have called for mandatory inspections, created a commission for reporting and shutdown certain injuries, and would give the public a place to report dangerous situations.