Tragedy at the Midway: Ride owner’s background

Tragedy at the Midway: Ride owner’s background


22 thoughts on “Tragedy at the Midway: Ride owner’s background

  1. It takes 8 hours to inspect this ride.. 8 inspectors at the fair and 30 rides. Doesn't add up . They're supposed to inspect them every day. Can't happen

  2. After watching several news stories and various viewpoints, I believe this was a freak accident. With all the service bulletins and inspections being made and the ride operator being the largest in the world as well as highly experienced, the death and injuries just seem to have happened. I will however wait and see what the official investigation reveals. I pray for the guy who lost his life and hope the injured make an complete recovery .. though I fear this may haunt them psychologically for many years to come if ever.

  3. There is a concept of metal fatigue, which means a metal will continue to be there strong and holding until it breaks, which means an item made of a metal has to break at one point of time risking people or things supported by it. So all rides operating good today will eventually break over a period of time.
    This is a truth and it will not catch in any inspection as these days time is less and less for everything and no one wants to give sufficient time to others including experts to do their job.

  4. The first thing they teach a helicopter pilot is how to inspect the helicopter themself, because the guys doing maintenance arent up in the air if it goes wrong

  5. The ride was built in 1998 holy crap . how long. would u exspect a ride to last thats put under so much stress Metal is not permanent It will fatigue after being stressed for so many yrs no inspection can halt that fact / the ride should have been retired. yrs ago but as with most things in America we push the envelope until there is a cascade of falure / Look at the nuklear industry still operating plants far beyond their predetermined decomitined date.. 10 15 and 20 yrs your asking for troulbe by tempting fate for profits . Man is his worst enemy greed outways rational thinking 😈

  6. I believe this was a freak accident. It could of happend to anybody. Godbless the people hurt and the boy killed.😢

  7. Notice that  the reporter quotes a member of the Vivona family as saying, "we've played this fair for over 20-years. I just love coming to the Ohio State Fair". Some will say that this is one of the most reputable of companies/families in the Amusement industry. Not so!! While the incident I am about to relive has nothing to do with ride safety, ask the Vivona family member about flying a North Carolina State Fair Official to the Ohio State Fair around the year 2000, all expense paid, and then she returns home to North Carolina with a grocery bag full of $100. dollar bills. This was Meg Scott Phipps, the new Commissioner of Agriculture for North Carolina. Amusements of America owned by the Vivona family bribed this NC Official so that they could sign a contract for the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. Ask the Vivona family member what happened to the NC Official? Let me answer that question for you. Meg Scott Phipps was convicted of bribery  and was sentenced to the Federal Women's Prison in Alderson WV at the same time non other than Martha Stewart was serving her sentence at the same facility. Amusements of America has been banned permanently from even bidding to play the North Carolina State Fair ever again. Prayers to the dead young man and also to the 7-others who were injured on this ride at the Ohio State Fair.

  8. When the operator pressed the emergency stop and the ride changed momentum in speed, that has no reason for it to hit something and crash because of the speed. Unless, pressing the emergency stop button causes the floor to raise back up and it's the reason the arm that contained the 4 seatings that was the closest to the ground is what got hit and caused it to brake off. That would mean something happened That forced the operator to have pressed the emergency stop. But what was it? Was someone actually falling out and people were screaming to the operator to stop/slowdown as some claim happened? Or was everything fine and the arms seat was detaching itself due to faulty fatigued metal or screw bolts coming off and the riders felt that while riding? Some observation of the damage already reported no screw bolts and pins came off because they were still present. the damage and detachment happened on the area of the arms that goes into the bent metal that's welde into the metal structure that hold the seating, not the metal area where the bolts hold the structure of seating to the arms which is where everyone immediately speculated it detached from because it's initiatively common to think that's where it would cause dislodgment Because no one thinks about metal tearing off from metal which is welded. Since inside these arms it's hollow some have speculated that it's less stronger to hold yet if it was not hollow and it was all solid chunk of metal at the seating arms then this will cause a much heavier structure and with the addition of riders weight, would cause the ride to be more dangerous during motion because more stress on arms during motion and the heaviness are more chances of detaching during the strong G's and pressures this ride goes through. 
    Either way you hear a loud crash and the seat from arm detaching which appeared to have hit the red iron railing or floor. Yet some people claim the floor was not back up. And why would it crash into the red iron railing? The ride consists of the floor departing to the floor so the arms seating and passengers legs do not hit the floor when in motion. Then when in complete stop the floor raises back up so they can climb off the seats and walk away on the raised platform. The development of this ride I'm sure consisted of taking that into consideration and would be dangerous to ever have the floor raise back up during ride motion. So why would emergency stop trigger the floor? I would think the emergency stop causes all the hydraulics to stop the gondola arm to slowdown to a full stop and not even use hydraulics to pop open the restraint bars Until people come to release the riders manually. I think the crash we heard was the structure of seating hitting the floor or red railings AFTER it came loose. Then the detached structure hit other adjacent seats causing those restraints to pop and brake sending those riders to slip out while the detached seats flipped over the red railings into pavement. Lots of questions and ride will be inspected to find out what really happened.

  9. NDT testing and x-ray of fatigue possible areas may have saved a life. Canadian regulations. Not sure about the USA. Im in manufacturing and safety is number one. On rides like that every 200 hrs at least in intervals.

  10. Plus after the rides shut down i had bought advance ride bracelets at kroger but kroger wouldn't refund money i went to talk to the fairs office and they didnt refund money even though we didnt use the bracelets this company is shady

  11. 1 internal structural degedation is not on a daily checklist. I doubt its on a new site checklist as well. I see little to no fault here.
    2 the manufacturer seems to have been dilligent in keeping owners posted on significant problems durring the first 10y+ of this rides opperation including doing much of the repairs and maintance involved in known issues (as opposed to routine maintance). I see minimal fault here depending on what thier actuaries are currently investigating reguarding similar rides.
    3 the owners did an (semi)annual in depth inspection last october probably after carnival season ended. So long as they inspected the swing arms properly and did not let sub par conditions pass. So long as they have been keeping up with recomended maintance based on age and condition of parts. Again minimal fault assigned here.
    4 incident reports. opperators and transporters should keep track of incidents that may comprise the condition of the ride (such as crashes durring transport or minor rider injuries/rider or opperator concerns reguarding opperation/preformance) reading such logs may reveal if concerns popped up and how they were handled in the past. Its above thier paygrade to do much about the concerns beyond cease opperation or inform someone who knows how to respond. Significant fault may lie in ignoring valid concerns by transporters builders and opperators.
    5 blame may lie with TIME itself. Investigators should review maintance reports from the manufacturer, owner, and any additional concerns brought up by people involved with the ride since its last full inspection/last few years.

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