Firm Responsible for Inspections of ‘Texas Giant’ Has Ties to Six Flags Owner
Texas amusement parks and their insurers are responsible for safety inspections as well as investigating when something goes wrong, such as Friday’s fatality on the Texas Giant roller coaster.
The lack of an independent inspection system means that all involved have financial ties. But there are also other connections when it comes to the Texas Giant.
The firm that conducted the last annual inspection of the Texas Giant was started by Patrick Hoffman, now a top Six Flags corporate executive. Hoffman transferred the company to a business partner in 2001, about the time he went to work for Six Flags.
A Six Flags spokeswoman said by email that Hoffman had divested 100 percent of his ownership of PLH & Associates when he was hired by the amusement park chain. She described him as a leading expert on amusement ride safety and touted the qualifications of PLH.