Ride inspections underway before Tulsa State Fair opens

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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 9/25/2013 5:26 pm Published: 9/25/2013 4:40 pm

The Tulsa State Fair will open in less than 24 hours and inspectors have spent the day checking rides.

They do this multiple times and it doesn't stop when the fair opens.

FOX23 cameras followed state inspectors as they went ride to ride.

"We make sure they all work and they work properly," said Randy McGinnis, the chief ride inspector.

He said he knows lives are in his hands, and so does Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

"It's extremely important, especially if your children are on the ride," he said.

That's why he said each ride is inspected before it's opened and after it's opened every day.

Once the rides are set up he says they check for cracks, missing pins, safety restraints, and they even check the construction of the platform the ride sits on.

If a ride has a bright ribbon he said "that means they need to come back and make an adjustment or they need to repair it or they may need to replace it."

When FOX23 came out Wednesday morning one ride only had the foundation put together, but now it's almost ready for its final inspection

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