NYS ride inspectors prepare for start of Fair in wake of Ohio State Fair tragedy

SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Inspectors from across New York State will be in Syracuse this week checking rides before the start of this year's Fair.

A deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair has brought the importance of ride inspections to the forefront of people's minds.

"What the tragedy in Ohio did was heighten the fact that there's a lot more that goes into these rides than just walking around and setting them up to make sure they look good," Eileen Franko, New York's Director of Health and Safety for the Department of Labor said.

Franko oversees all the state's ride inspectors. She said most accidents are at the fault of the rider, not the operator, and urged family's to be aware of an amusement's instructions before riding.

"The message that I have for parents is that we're here," Franko said. "We've looked. We made sure that the ride is safe for you to make the decision that your child can get on it."


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