I took the boys to the State Fair this past weekend. The numbers suggest that there are a lot of Minnesotans doing the same thing from now until Labor Day. It is always a time of eating a lot, checking out the different types of booths, and amusement rides. The downside of having a father who does what I do is, I have seen to many cases where the rides are either improperly maintained or staffed. So I probably am a little too over protective, but the piece of mind is worth it.
Others here at the Injuryboard have pointed out some of the worst situations:
12-Year-Old Fell 100 Feet to the Ground Off Wisconsin Dells Amusement Park Ride, David Mittleman | August 27, 2010 4:44 PM
The Minnesota State Fair has as they do each year touted their safety record.
Jim Sinclair, the fair’s deputy general manager, said the fair has never had a ride fatality. A fair employee for 35 years, Sinclair said he can’t remember the last serious injury caused by a malfunctioning ride, and wants to keep it that way.
Onsite inspectors hired by the fair supervise all aspects of ride assembly before the fair opens, and stay on the premises throughout the fair. State law requires rides be inspected once a year, and Sinclair said the fair exceeds those standards.
"Portable amusement rides transported from fair to fair by carnivals are assembled, handled, taken down week to week," Sinclair said. "[They] actually get more scrutiny, because those pins that hold things together come out and go back in, and are looked at every time that happens."
There are some people who might dispute those claims, but hopefully they are making sure that safety is a very important part of the day they are paid to provide. Injuryboard members from Florida have a number of posts about this issue. I like this one a lot:
The boys and I got home full and happy. Maybe a little too much sun. Hopefully, the record number of attendees will also.
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