Manufacturer says corrosion caused Ohio State Fair ride to break apart

Manufacturer says corrosion caused Ohio State Fair ride to break apart

Fire Ball ride at Ohio State Fair malfunctioned in July, injuring several people and killing one teenager


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WEBVTT THE COMMENTS FROM FLORIDA RIDEINSPECTORS ARE STARTLING, LAPBARS NOT OPERATING PROPERLY , BAD SHOCK, TRAILER INTERLINKBAR IS NOT SECURE. DURING SEVENINSPECTIONS FROM JANUARY TOMARCH, THE SAME FIRE BALL RIDETHAT MALFUNCTIONED AT THE OHIOSTATE FAIR HAD ISSUES DOWNSOUTH.>> IT IS A VERY THOROUGHINSPECTION.TODD: DENNIS SPIEGEL IS ANEXPERT ON AMUSEMENT PARK RIDES.>> YOU CAN NEVER, IN OURINDUSTRY, INSPECT OR RE-INSPECTTOO MUCH.AND THAT’S WHY, TODD, WE DOEVERYDAY.WE WALK THE RIDES, WE INSPECTTHE RIDES.TODD: WHILE THE FINDINGS OFFLORIDA INSPECTORS SOUNDALARMING, A SPOKESMAN FOR THEFLORIDA AGENCY THAT OVERSEESAMUSEMENT RIDES SAYS THEYWEREN’T THE KINDS OF PROBLEMSTHAT FORCED THE FIRE BALL TOCLOSE FOR LONG PERIODS OF TIME.>> IF THAT ISSUE COULD BECORRECTED QUICKLY ANDEFFECTIVELY, AND OBVIOUSLY WELOOK AT THAT CORRECTION THAT ITWAS FIXED, THAT RIDE WOULD BEOPEN.TODD: SPEGIEL SAYS THE RECORDSFROM FLORIDA LIKELY TRAVELEDWITH THE FIRE BALL’S OPERATORSTO COLUMBUS.I ASKED THE OHIO AGRICULTUREDEPARTMENT IF ITS INVESTIGATORSREVIEWED THE FLORIDA RECORDS.THEY HAVE NOT YET ANSWERED THATQUESTION.BUT THEY DID HAVE ACCESS TO THISRIDE MAINTENANCE LOG WHICH LISTSMORE SERIOUS REPAIR WORK DONE ONTHE FIRE BALL.>> THIS IS WHAT YOU WANT TO SEE.YOU DO NOT WANT TO FIND ONE OFTHESE SHEETS BLANK.TODD: WHILE SPEGIEL WOULD LIKETO SEE MORE ACCESS TO AMUSEMENTRIDE RECORDS AND REPORTS, HE HASCONFIDENCE IN THE INSPECTIONPROCESS.>> PEOPLE WHO ARE TYPICALLYDOING THESE INSPECTIONS, WHETHERTHEY’RE PERMANENT OR TRAVELING,THEY’RE TRAINED.THEY’RE WELL TRAINED.THINGS HAPPEN.IT’S A SHAME.TODD: SPEGIEL SAYS WHILEAMUSEMENT RIDE OPERATORS FROMDISNEY TO SMALL MOM&POPCOMPANIES MAY NOT EXCHANGEATTENDANCE NUMBERS OR RETAILSALES, THEY ALL SHARE SAFETYINFORMATION.AS FOR WHAT CAUSED LAST WEEK’SCATASTROPHE?SPIEGEL THINKS EXPERTS WILLPINPOINT THE FATAL FLAW QUICKLY.

Manufacturer says corrosion caused Ohio State Fair ride to break apart

Fire Ball ride at Ohio State Fair malfunctioned in July, injuring several people and killing one teenager

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