NC inspectors look to keep State Fair rides safe after OH incident

08 August, 2017, 00:23 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Ride manufacturer says 'excessive corrosion' led to deadly accident at Ohio State Fair

The Ohio State Fair ride that malfunctioned in July, killing one person and injuring seven others was caused by "excessive corrosion", the ride's manufacturer said Sunday.

KMG said its investigation has included a visit to the accident scene in Columbus, Ohio, to review video footage of the accident and to conduct metallurgical tests of the beam.

In a recent statement, KMG International's Albert Kroon revealed investigators ruled that "excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years".

"Commissioner Berry, as we've said before, if a ride has passed inspection by our inspectors in our department, she would feel comfortable putting her grandchildren on that ride", said Jason Tyson, a spokesman for the Labor Department.

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The manufacture said it has collaborated with "industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol" to prevent future accidents from occurring. "On the Afterburner in OH we did the maintenance until a few years ago", Kroon said at the time.

The Fire Ball ride fell apart with riders onboard, hurtling several of them through the air to land on the ground and releasing debris that wounded others.

The rides at the fair were initially closed after the incident but were later reopened. Jarrell had recently enlisted with the U.S. Marine Corps and was supposed to attend basic training next year.

The ride cleared inspection just hours before it malfunctioned. Sunday was the fair's last day. Tyler Jarrell, 18, was thrown into the air and died on impact 50 feet away. At the Ohio State Fair in July, the ride disintegrated in midair, sending passengers flying. Jarrell's family has hired an attorney to possibly pursue a wrongful death lawsuit.

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