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Ohio amusement ride industry calls for more scrutiny on ride with potential for corrosion

The Ohio amusement ride industry is moving forward with reaffirming best practices after the Fire Ball tragedy last summer. (WSYX/WTTE)

The Ohio amusement ride industry is moving forward with reaffirming best practices after the Fire Ball tragedy last summer.

The Ohio State Fair is just 12 weeks away from opening day and the year anniversary of that deadly ride accident.

Excessive corrosion was blamed for the Fire Ball breaking apart killing Tyler Jarrell and severely hurting 7 others.

All rides with the potential for corrosion are now the focus of expanding protocols to make sure they are safe.

Ohio’s ride industry is asking that any ride with the potential for corrosion gets more scrutiny.

This begins with manufacturers when they send out service bulletins.

Industry leaders in Ohio are pressing ride owners to follow checks and balances when they receive the bulletins about corrosion problems with steel construction.

A comprehensive inspection should be done and detailed records kept and then turned over to state inspectors.

On a national level, 12 new guidelines are now being evaluated to address corrosion in these rides.

Back in March, Ohio started a new committee to restore people’s faith in these fairs. They say more needs to be done in this state.

“I think we want to make sure the state understands what the owner and operator is doing on aging rides that are exposed to corrosion we want to give the state the opportunity to check and to look have the time necessary to look at all of that stuff,” said committee member, Monty Jasper.

Ohio’s Amusement Ride Safety Advisory Board meets Thursday morning where rides prone to corrosion are expected to be discussed.

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