HOUSTON The family of a man who fell to his death from a rollercoaster at the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo filed a lawsuit Thursday, claiming negligence.
Brian Joseph Greenhouse, 47, fell off the Hi-Miler rollercoaster at the rodeo carnival on March 20.
The rollercoaster had both a lap belt and locking safety bar. HLSR Chief Operating Officer Leroy Shafer said they do not believe the ride malfunctioned because the bar and belt were still in place after the accident.
The ride, which has been owned by carnival operator RCS since 1980, had no history of serious problems, according to Shafer.
There s been hundreds of thousands of riders on this ride, Shafer said. There s never been anyone who came out of this ride, never been an incident where a bar or lapstrap came up.
But the lawsuit, filed on behalf of Greenhouse s 6-year-old son, ex-wife and parents, claims the HLSR and the owner of the ride, carnival operator RCS, were negligent because Greenhouse wasn't properly restrained.
The carnival rides are inspected before the rodeo opens each year, and the rollercoaster was inspected daily, according to Shafer. He said carnival operator RCS has an excellent safety record.
I ve been here 38 years. We ve never had a fatality at the carnival during my time frame here. This is something we just hate to have happened, Shafer said. I guarantee you we have extreme safety precautions here, but we ll look and see if there was anything else we could have done.
RCS said the Hi-Miler has moved on to Tucson, where it will be set up at another carnival.