Fair disaster: Cause of ride malfunction revealed

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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.


  1. 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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  2. 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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