HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WRIC)—Ride safety is a top priority for the more than 200,000 people who are expected to attend the State Fair of Virginia.
Hundreds of workers have been inspecting the fair's more than 60 rides before the event opens to the public on Sept. 27; every screw, seat and part must be properly secured and checked.
“I've been inspecting rides for 30 years,” said Danny Abner, a safety consultant who travels the country making sure rides are safe. “I do all the inspections. I make sure all the rides are put together properly.”
If there's a problem staff can't fix, the company that makes the attraction is contacted.
“We call the manufacturer and get the manufacturer to tell us what to do,” Abner said, noting that the ride won't run until the problem is properly fixed.
Abner says he can't recall anyone getting seriously injured on a ride at the State Fair of Virginia, and he's been attending the event for 20 years. He hopes that trend continues.
“I don't have any kids, but if I did, I wouldn't be afraid to put my kids on any of these rides,” he said.
The federal government regulates the fair's rides through the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and many states have laws regarding how they're maintained and operated.
The fair runs through Sunday, Oct. 6. Parking is free and tickets are available at BB&T banks and MARTIN'S grocery stores. Family-friendly activities include pig racing and the crowning of the new Miss State Fair.
Copyright 2013 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond