Wisconsin amusement park ride safety

WISCONSIN (WBAY) — Summer in Wisconsin means you can find festivals or fairs somewhere just about every weekend. And with those, you usually find traveling amusement park rides.

How safe are they, and who makes sure they are safe?

Those are answers we wanted to know after this week’s deadly ride failure in Ohio.

An 18-year-old man died and seven people were badly hurt Wednesday night at the Ohio State Fair when the “Fireball” ride — a 40-foot structure that spins in the air while swinging back and forth — broke apart in motion.

Officials say the ride passed multiple inspections, including one that day.

The ride’s manufacturer told operators of the same ride at other fairs and festivals worldwide to stop using it until they learn more about what happened.

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) inspects and oversees rides in Wisconsin but says the only way to find out if a ride has had violations, failed inspections or caused injuries is to file open records requests.

We did that, and we found numerous injuries. Target 2 did not find many rides cited for violations or failing inspections.

In the last 10 years, two people have died and 36 were injured on amusement park rides in Wisconsin, according to reports Target 2 received Friday from DSPS.

The vast majority of incidents happened in the last four years and involved minor injuries like cuts or concussions.

While there were injuries on several types of rides, many happened on go-karts.

Fourteen incidents were reported at Mt. Olympus in Wisconsin Dells.

Two incidents happened at Bay Beach Amusement Park in Green Bay — one on the Zippin Pippin…

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