Following Ohio State Ride Tragedy, More Shutdowns

By Cal/OSHA, Special for  USDR

Cal/OSHA today released the following statement affirming that amusement ride owners have voluntarily shut down the six Fire Ball rides in California parks, after a fatal ride malfunction on the Fire Ball in Columbus, at the Ohio State  Fair.

Cal/OSHA’s Amusement Ride and Tramway Unit contacted owners Wednesday evening after receiving notification of the accident in Ohio, asking that owners close the rides pending word from the manufacturers, KMG or Chance Morgan, Inc./ Chance Rides, Inc., or after a ride inspection by Cal/OSHA. All of the rides have been voluntarily shut down by the  owners.

Fire Ball rides are located at six parks across the state,  including:

  • Orange County Fair owned and operated by Ray Cammack Shows (portable ride)
  • Cal Expo State Fair owned and operated by Butler Amusements (portable ride)
  • Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
  • California’s Great America in Santa Clara
  • Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park
  • Belmont Park in San Diego

Cal/OSHA protects and improves the safety of passengers riding on elevators, amusement rides, and tramways. Additional information on requirements for portable and permanent amusement rides in California, including inspection and issuance of permits, is detailed  online.

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SOURCE California Department of Industrial Relations,  Cal/OSHA

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