Tennessee Valley Fair takes extra precautions for ride safety after Greene County Ferris wheel accident

Ride inspector at Tennessee Valley fair

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Ride inspectors are taking extra precautions at the Tennessee Valley Fair after 3 children fell from a Ferris wheel in Greene County.

Thursday, Ride inspector Jonathan Brooks with Wagner Consulting Group was hard at work making sure rides were as safe as possible for families to be on. Each of the 51 rides his company inspects is a different beast.

“I have children of my own and I will put them on these rides after we’ve inspected them,” Brooks said.

Previous story: 3 children fall from Ferris wheel at Greene County Fair

The Tennessee Valley Fair runs from September 9-18.

“We have to make sure all the pins clips are in place. Making sure safety cables are in place. No rough edges,” Brooks explained. “It’s based on the complexity of the ride. In other words, it doesn’t take us as long to inspect this ride as it would the roller coaster over here.
Why it’s important is, we’re going to put people in these and spin them around and around and we want to make sure everyone coming to TN Valley Fair knows we’re doing whatever we can to keep things safe for them to enjoy the fair.”

The rides are being put on by a company called Wade Shows. Wade has their own set of inspectors, but Brooks and his team were hired as third party inspectors, out of an overabundance of caution at the Tennessee Valley Fair.

“We’ve gone out of our way to get a level 3 NARSO certified inspector. He’s got 25 years of experience,” said Sarah Carson from the fair, about Brooks.

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