Safety paramount for Pitt Co. Fair ride inspectors

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Keeping quality time with your family safe is the goal of state inspectors a day before this year’s Pitt County Fair kicks off.

9 On Your Side wanted to know more about the precautions being taken in the wake of deadly accidents at fairs and amusement parks across the nation.

It can take at least six hours to put together one ride at the fair.

During that time, it’s critical for state labor inspectors to catch any mistakes before opening day.

First, they check the serial numbers for every ride to make sure they match their records, then they go through piece by piece.

“As if it were brand new,” Steve Green, Dept. of Labor. “We want to look  at everything.”

Green said ride safety is of paramount importance. He said he wouldn’t put his kids on it, if it wasn’t safe.

If he finds a problem, he notifies the ride owner immediately to make repairs.

They also have special ways to look at the hard to reach places.

“NDT, non-destructive testing, that’s something that has to go through a lot,” said Green. “The public don’t know that even though we can’t look and see certain parts, we still look at those parts through every testing.”

Inspectors also check to see that all operators of the equipment understand the safe operation of their ride.

Green said they are thorough with every inspection. Rides must be in sound working order before they’re allowed to operate.

9 On Your Side is a co-sponsor of this year’s Pitt County Fair.

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