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Saturday, August 27, 2011

State Fair Rides, Stage Certified Safe

Additional precautions were taken in the wake of Indiana State Fair tragedy, as well as Tuesday's earthquake.



By Nick DiMarco

August 25, 2011

File photo: Lights whirl through the night at the 2010 Maryland State Fair.

Credit Monica Lopossay

From The Zipper to the iconic swings and everything in between, all 40 Maryland State Fair carnival rides have been certified safe, the Department of Labor’s Amusement Ride Safety Unit announced Thursday afternoon.
Safety inspectors additionally met with project supervisors in charge of constructing the music stage in the wake of the Indiana State Fair tragedy that claimed five lives and injured dozens of others. The stage inspection is not required by law.
“Families from across the state will celebrate Maryland at this year’s State Fair and the Maryland Department of Labor is committed to ensure that all families enjoy the fair safely. The Amusement Ride Safety Unit has inspected all 40 rides at the fair and will be on site through September 5 to oversee the safe operation of everyone’s favorite rides,” said Maryland Labor Secretary Alexander M. Sanchez in a release.
“As we prepare for our fair, we remember those who lost their lives at the Indiana State Fair earlier this month," the statement continued. "Maryland is committed to safety and we are taking extra precautions to ensure that every visitor leaves the fair with a smile and plans to return next summer.”
In the wake of Tuesday's earthquake, fairgrounds president Howard "Max" Mosner ordered yet another examination of midway carnival rides—specifically rides that are supported on uneven ground by blocks.
There has only been one non-mechanical accident reported to the Amusement Ride Safety Unit at the Maryland State Fair in the last five years, according to a release.
Hundreds of thousands are expected to descend upon Timonium beginning tonight at the annual Ridemania preview event and continuing through Sept. 5.read more at: http://timonium.patch.com/articles/state-fair-rides-stage-certified-safe


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