How safe are those fair rides? WREG investigates

MEMPHIS, Tenn. --  It's set up time for the Delta Fair.

While many people think of food and fun, safety is top of mind for others after several ride accidents this month.

Three kids fell off a Ferris Wheel in East Tennessee, a three-year-old in Pennsylvania fell off a roller coaster, and six people got shocked on a ride in Connecticut.

"Everything we can that would ensure safety is what we do."

Delta Fair President Mark Lovell talked with WREG about ride inspections and overall safety.

There are no federal requirements for inspections, so states have their own rules or none at all.

Tennessee requires inspections for a permit.

For traveling fairs, the inspections must occur no more than three months before a company applies for the permit.

Several of the rides at the Delta Fair were inspected in late July when they were at an Ohio fair.

No issues so Tennessee regulators granted the permit to the Delta Fair.

But, Lovell admitted a lot can happen in just a month's time, and while not required, they now hire an additional inspector to remain on site during the fair.

"They do a ride inspection at the beginning of the day and at the end of the day, and every time there's a shift change of the ride operator."

You can ask to see the fair's permit, but there's no safety report posted at each ride.

Making it even more important, Lovell said, for you to keep an eye on the person running the ride.

"Is the operator paying attention? Is he playing on his cell phone?"

And while it might not seem important, operators said it's important to actually adhere to the height and weight signs posted in front of rides, because that's another critical step for your safety.