Monday, July 5, 2010


Ferris wheel at a fair in Yate, Bristol, EnglandImage via Wikipedia

It’s summertime the kids are out of school, their excited about going to county fairs.  When I was a kid summertime to me meant hanging out with friends. Making money babysitting so you could, have money to go to the county fair. It’s a right of passage for kids all over to ride the rides at county fairs.

At the Alameda County fair Seven people were injured on the Wacky Worm ride a children’s roller coaster ride on July 1, 2010. On June 24, 2010 at Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma a workers leg was severed when he stepped in front of  the Wacky Worm roller coaster. This ride is different from the children’s ride at Alameda County Fair.

 Are rides a county fair’s safe? At the Alameda County Fair, a chain broke on the ride. Was the ride inspected very carefully? Was it negligence on the part of operators of the rides? I guess we have to wait and see until the Occupational Safety and Health Administration gets done with their report. And for the worker at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair, I think personally he was at fault.

Well people if you love to go to county fairs and ride the rides, I guess we have to hope and pray that every ride we get on is safe. Have a great and safe summer.

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