In 2016, three girls were seriously injured after falling more than 40 feet from a Ferris wheel. The incident occurred when rivets on a gondola carrying the girls came loose. The loose rivets led the bottom plate to drop down and catch on the frame of the Ferris wheel. It then tipped over, dumping the girls out and causing body and head injuries. As a result of this incident, the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) has made a few changes. One is to hire additional inspectors for fairs across the state to ensure ride safety. This year, Tennessee has new safety compliance officers in east, middle and west Tennessee. Next year, they will be certified to oversee the ride inspection process. Tennessee will also be requiring ride operators to display colored decals on each ride. These decals indicate that rides have met all inspection and insurance requirements…
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Two young girls and one woman were injured in a Ferris wheel accident at a Tennessee county fair in late 2016. Now, their families have filed lawsuits against the owner and manufacturer of the amusement park ride that caused the injuries. In August 2016, 10-year-old Kayla Reynolds and 6-year-old Briley Reynolds each fell 40 feet from a Ferris wheel. Kayla suffered a broken arm and Briley a traumatic brain injury. Another woman, Lorena Cowhy, also fell. An investigation into the incident led to the discovery of a bent skid plate and worn rivets. These may have contributed to the falls. Amusement Park Ride Injuries Amusement park rides, especially temporary ones like those used in county fairs, present a risk of injury, even low-speed rides like Ferris wheels. Owners and operators of these rides have a duty of care to those who ride them to do everything reasonable to prevent injury….
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