State fair rides get last-minute inspections

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma has one of the most stringent ride safety programs in America.

"It' s one of the few states that inspect the rides every time they are set up. Nothing is fool-proof. But I can tell you, the group behind you, nobody tries harder," Wade Shows President, Frank Zaitshik said.

A team of six state inspectors with a combined 30 years of experience is checking every weld, latch and safety harness.

The goal is to prevent an injury like what happened at the Oklahoma State Fair last year.

"It was a mechanical failure with the ride which lead to an injury of the participant on the ride," Director of Safety Standards and Licensing, James Buck said.

There are a total of 75 rides to survey before gates open Thursday morning.

Officials warn, don't just rely on the professionals for your safety.

"That responsibility a three legged stool. It's our inspectors, the operators of the rides, and the responsibility of the citizens of Oklahoma," acting Labor Commissioner Stacy Bonner said.

The Department of Labor asks that fair visitors make sure to obey the rules, especially when it comes to height limits.

"We want them to come to the fair with a smile and leave with an even bigger smile."


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