Dept. of Labor: Oklahoma's fair ride inspections are some of the toughest in the U.S.
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
The State of Oklahoma says its inspection standards for state fair rides are some of the toughest in the country.
The 2017 Oklahoma State Fair opens Thursday and the rides are a big part of why people like Uletra Watson go to the fair.
"They love the bigger ones. Even my grand babies. They can't get on the bigger ones but they love them anyway," Watson said.
Oklahoma Department of Labor Commissioner Melissa McLawhorn Houston wants everyone to know how closely they inspect rides at the state fair, especially after the deadly accident at the Ohio Stae Fair in July.
"We immediately look into whether that ride was in Oklahoma. It was not. In some of these states, you don't have any regulation at all," McLawhorn Houston said.
It's important to note the company that operates the rides in Ohio won't be at the Oklahoma State Fair. The Department of Labor inspects rides and they aren't the only ones. The company that operates the rides and a contractor hired by the fair also have a part in making sure things are safe.
"As the rides come off the truck, our inspectors are on site to inspect every bolt, every restraining system, every seat and before those rides go into operation those rides are issued a certificate of operation," McLawhorn Houston said.
Watson says she feels good about anyone in her family getting on a ride.
"I think they're pretty much okay. Usually we just judge by what the ride is and they decide if they want to ride or not," she said.
The Department of Labor will have inspectors on the state fairgrounds throughout the fair to make sure everything is running smoothly.