The Ohio Division of Amusement Ride Safety and Fairs works to license and inspect all amusement rides before they operate to verify that rides are assembled, maintained and operated to manufacturer’s specifications and recommendations. Along with the initial inspection, Amusement Ride Safety inspectors will conduct supplemental and mid season operational inspections on amusement rides. The inspectors evaluate everything from the structural integrity, safety systems and signage to general ride operations. Amusement rides inspected under Ohio law include mechanical rides, roller coasters, go-karts, water rides at water parks and inflatable devices. In addition to amusement ride inspections, inspectors ensure that midway games of skill and side shows operating at all 94 county and independent agricultural fairs and the Ohio State Fair are skillful and properly operated. Annually, more than 7,000 concession inspections are conducted during these fairs.
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