Reviewing injury reports from Tulsa State Fair

Reviewing injury reports from Tulsa State Fair

TULSA, Okla. — The 2019 Tulsa State Fair brought back its usual lineup of rides for those seeking more than just the fair cuisine.

About 450 workers from North American Midway Entertainment inspected all 65 rides at the 2019 fair before it opened.

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Inspectors stay on-site and check rides throughout the fair and investigate any accidents or complaints.

At the 2018 Tulsa State Fair, five injuries were reported -- four "minor" and one major."

The most serious injury happened when a knife fell from above a 7-year-old girl waiting in line to ride the Mach 3. The knife cut her on her arm -- requiring stitches to treat it. Her mother was also injured but was not treated.

Since 2012, there have been 43 injury reports at the fair -- seven considered major injuries (bad cuts, fractures, trips to the hospital, etc.).

Eight of those 43 injury reports were for children under the age of 10. The average age of someone injured at the fair is 23 years old.

The following rides reported the most injuries between 2012 and 2018:

  • ​​​Dragstrip Slide: 4 injuries
  • Speedway: 3 injuries
  • White Water Log Flume: 3 injuries
  • Alpine Bob: 2 injuries
  • Kamasaki: 2 injuries
  • Cuckoo Haus: 2 injuries
  • Fighter: 2 injuries
  • Euro Slide: 2 injuries
  • Mach 3: 1 injury

Anyone injured on a ride should let the operator know or come to the guest services booth. They will take an incident report and the Department of Labor will investigate.

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