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State authorities target amusement park rides as safety concerns loom heading into local fair season

New York state authorities are intensifying efforts to ensure the safety of amusement park rides as well as those at carnivals and county fairs.


As the summer fair season kicks off, officials have highlighted the approximately 6,900 ride inspections carried out across the state in 2022. State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon confirmed that meticulous inspections of all ride equipment are conducted, and each ride that passes inspection is awarded an NYSDOL inspection tag, a sign of guaranteed safety for visitors.

The Department of Labor employs a three-step process to enhance ride safety. Inspectors meticulously examine each component of a ride for potential defects, then inspect the fully assembled ride to confirm that all parts are secure. Lastly, the ride operator is obligated to run the ride and conduct a final inspection while the ride is in operation. Any ride that fails the inspection is barred from operating.

Secretary of State Robert J. Rodriguez warned the public about the importance of ride safety. He urged families planning to visit amusement parks, fairs, and carnivals to acquaint themselves with safety rules and be vigilant for any warning signs indicating a potentially unsafe ride.



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