Amusement rides are in full motion now that county fair season is in full swing in Nebraska and the State Fair is right around the corner. There is a lot of concern after an 18 year old was killed and several others injured when a ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday. Nebraska State Labor Commissioner John Albin says his department is in charge of inspecting all the amusement rides that come into the state.
Albin says all of the inspectors in Nebraska are nationally trained and certified. They check out each ride before passengers are allowed on. He says they check the mechanics, the assembly, the electrical and inspect the safety fence around the ride. What happened on the Fire Ball ride in Ohio remains under investigation but it broke apart in mid-air.
Albin says, “It does appear the ride had been thoroughly inspected but any time you are working with metal and you are throwing force against that metal, unless you x-ray everything you may not see a crack inside a bolt or something like that.”
Every manufacturer sets a maximum speed that the ride can be operated and regulations state operators can no go in excess of those standards. Albin says Nebraska also requires that all operators be properly trained and that is the responsibility of the amusement owner.