Ride inspector sentenced in Lake County, Ohio fair death

Posted Tuesday, January 11, 2005 2:11 PM | Contributed by Walt S

A state ride inspector was sentenced Monday to 15 days in jail in the case of an 8-year-old Madison Township boy who died after being shocked by a bumper car ride at the Lake County Fair. This is one of five convictions made in relation to the case.

Read more from The News-Herald.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005 2:13 PM
I so read over that too quickly. I thought it said Ride inspector sentenced to death in Lake County.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 2:28 PM
Because of this case, ride inspectors now are


not allowed to conduct electrical safety inspections. He said, under Ohio law, only certified electrical safety inspectors can do that.
Anthony said politicians would have to change the law if they want all ride inspectors to be electrical safety inspectors.



So, as of now nobody other than the owner checks it and then signs a form stating they understand the state's laws on ride safety.

Yeah, nice progress made in ride safety...thanks to frivolous prosecution.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 2:37 PM
Woah I read that way too fast as well and thought he was being sentenced to death too!
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Tuesday, January 11, 2005 7:33 PM
redman, I know in Lake County, IN they actually have separate electrical inspectors check the entire fair, not just the rides. As an electrician, I don't think anyone without an electrical background should be inspecting that part of the ride.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2005 12:46 PM
No kidding, Frank...
I contrast this SHARPLY to the above news item, where the guy KNEW what he was doing when he *intentionally* compromised the safety of the riders...
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Thursday, January 13, 2005 9:20 AM
Of course, there will be not sentence for the bureaucrat who made someone not qualified responsible for checking grounding.
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