Safety is always important when operating an amusement park ride.  While we were climbing on and around the coaster, it was imperative that the trains did not move.  Most amusement parks have a strict lock-out protocol for shutting down and restarting rides, and the process for securing Griffon was no exception.  This picture was taken by the gate that allows access to the lift hill.  The gate had a proximity sensor that determined if it was open or closed.  Simply opening the gate was enough to send a signal to the ride's computers that would immediately shut down the coaster.

Each employee is assigned a personal padlock and identification tag.  These locks were holding the gate open so we could enter the restricted area around the ride in addition to disabling the coaster.   Only after each employee left the area and removed their personal padlocks could the gate be closed and the coaster restarted.

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