Fair disaster: Cause of ride malfunction revealed   23 comments

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Tim had been a state safety inspector for over ten years.

The Fireball ride was one of the most popular at the state fair. The fair was scheduled to open tomorrow. His safety checklist included inspecting the gondola support beams, looking for cracks in the structure, checking the lap bar parts among other items.

Running through his check list he realized he would not be able to check off all the boxes on his list. As he signed his final report he noticed some corrosion on one of the support beams. Next time he said to himself.

Posted January 17, 2018 by Danny James in Friday Fictioneers

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23 responses to “Fair disaster: Cause of ride malfunction revealed

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  1. Uh, oh. He should have put in some overtime there for the sake of the riders. Terrible. Good writing, as usual, Danny. —- Suzanne

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  2. Tim is a STUPID STALE state safety inspector. I’m shaking my head DJ.

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  3. I think that inspection has it’s limits…. most of them human I think

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  4. One of the reasons I never go to moveable fairs is that I worry about the mantling and dismantling of the rides – though… maybe they are even safer than amusement parks? I dunno…

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  5. Oh no! That was such a believable story! Well done.

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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  6. Altogether much too convincing.

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  7. Shame on you, Tim. Let’s hope the ride is still intact next year for him to fail to check properly again.

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  8. This is just one of the many reasons I don’t indulge in such ‘harmless’ and ‘safe’ rides, forget adventure sports!

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  9. Well told. Most accidents happen because of some human oversight. Like the guys in an Ontario substation who installed the wrong size wire, ” and the lights all went out in Massachusetts.”

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  10. Disaster un-averted.

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  11. Oops.

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  12. I guess this is a re-telling of the Ohio State Fair crash? Has there been evidence that safety inspectors were at fault? As a former environment inspector in the UK, it seems to me most unlikely (not impossible, obviously). In any case, severe corrosion on such a ride wouldn’t necessarily be picked up by a visual inspection. I would imagine there’s a legal requirement for various sorts of non-destructive tests to be done regularly (the inspector would check the paperwork was correct and up-to-date).

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  13. It’s scary to think that sometimes safety is in the hands of one person being competent and diligent in their job. Good take.

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  14. Exactly why I don’t do rides! Nice one, DJ.

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