In a recent article published by Delmarva Now, one inspector for an amusement park in Ocean City, Maryland discussed the safety of the rides, his job in keeping them safe, and what happens when there is a safety issue.
The article explains that, each year, inspectors are charged with going through all of the rides and making sure that they are safe for the public. However, despite their periodic inspections, problems do arise that can threaten the public's safety. For example, below is a list of the repairs that were required to be made just last year:
- Corroded lap bar on the Tornado ride, Jolly Roger at the Pier (May 23);
- Repair self-locking latch, replace cotter pin, tape torn padding, Zipper at Trimper's (April 8);
- Replace corroded steel flooring, Pirate Ship ride at Trimper's (April 21);
- Replace bad steel on trailer and track connections, Sooper Jet at Trimper's (April 22);
- Keep two seats out of service until pin cover repaired, Giant Wheel at Jolly Roger at the Pier (May 1); and
- Replace worn seat belts and have electrical wires properly covered, bumper cars at Jolly Roger on Coastal Highway (May 20).