TV Alert: Ride Safety Special In Cleveland Ohio

Thursday, July 8, 2004 10:41 AM
Hello Coaster Fans Who Are Debating Over An Elephant Ear or Funnel Cake Right Now,

Channel 3 News in Cleveland Ohio has been airing a promo clip for Thursday 6pm a lot this week. The clip shows MANY ride violations (mostly exposed wires and what not) from various rides, and talks about how we thought these rides were safe. The commercial also shows quite a few carnival rides/fair (which I think this mostly will be about), It does show a brief view of Raptor (which I assume they will say is ok), and a few views of guys saying, "I thought I checked it." The clip will probably run around 10min since they have been advertising it for 2 days now. Make sure to check it out...especially since some Cleveland channels can REALLY stretch the truth *coughactionnews19cough*.

PS- Geauga Lake FINALLY has Turkey Legs!!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2004 11:33 PM
Update: WKYC in Cleveland has just put the video on their site. The clip is actually pretty good and informative (believe it or not.) A few things that I didn't know about Ohio ride inspections. It does talk about a run down Tilt a Whirl that almost ran. They have some Virginia ride inspector talking about how he can't believe Ohio let it pass, then Ohio stopped it...yada yada. One can draw their own conclusions from the clip. Hey, at least someone caught it. Anyway, it's worth watching. Here's the full link:


If someone wants to or cares to have it submitted to news, go ahead. *** Edited 7/9/2004 3:37:28 AM UTC by RollerCoasterGod***

Friday, July 9, 2004 10:39 AM
Interesting. That was a somewhat fair report (WKYC has really boosted the quality of their news the last few years). My only concern is that if you're going to put inspectors on trial following an accident or death, I'm not sure that anyone will want to do the job.
Friday, July 9, 2004 11:00 AM
I feel this report was very well done. Kudos to Ohio for staying on top of things and my condolences to the family of the 8-year old boy.
Friday, July 9, 2004 12:04 PM
Didddo, a great report. Plus the footage and affects helped a lot. It's just sad that an 8year old boy died because of a ride.

Now however, our carnival (Bill Hames) has no record of injury or death, not even a problem. No bad reports, nothing. This was published in our paper and a spokesmen for traveling carnival's around the world say it's one of the best, and safest there is.

I know i spell carnival wrong

Friday, July 9, 2004 12:36 PM
The sweet irony is that 'carnival' is one of the few words you spell correctly :)
Friday, July 9, 2004 12:39 PM
I can conferm that :)
Friday, July 9, 2004 3:02 PM
That's it, Justcazisaidso is getting a dictionary for Christmas this year.
Friday, July 9, 2004 3:08 PM
hmm...6 inspectors is all we have in the entire state, and around 750 carnivals/fairs in the state alone during the year....makes you wonder why there isn't more....I know of a local gathering I can quarantee doesn't have their rides inspected, and I wish I could find a way to contact the inspectors to let them know....That's all i missed from the Ch.3 report
Friday, July 9, 2004 9:30 PM
From this report I got the impression that Ohio doesn't require inspection each time a ride is moved. It seemed to imply that a single inspection of a portable ride is good for an entire year. Is this correct?
Friday, July 9, 2004 11:20 PM
It kind of sounded the same way to me Jim, but the tilt-a-whirl segment led me to believe that might not be true. The ride was given a sticker with the stipulation that two problems be fixed before running the ride. They weren't fixed and they slapped a no go on the ride. The only way they would've known to do that, is to inspect the ride again. Now maybe they keep some kind of a log of rides that need repairs and go back at a later date to check them again. I should hope they are inspected each time the ride is set up.

6 inspectors sure doesn't sound like enough for a state with quite a few parks and countless fairs.


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