Hughes is co-sponsoring a bill, known as Tyler's Law, in hopes of improving ride safety. Duffield said she is supporting the bill because she doesn't want any other families to suffer the tragedy her family has faced.
"What are we going to do to make it better?" said Duffield.
However, because of an extended summer recess, the bill will not likely see any action in the Ohio House for months and not before most of Ohio's fairs and festivals are over. Tyler's Law House bill 631, allows fines of up to $500 for failing to keep mandated inspection records, beef up training requirements for ride inspectors, and set a minimum number of inspectors assigned to each ride. Hughes also wants the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which oversees ride inspections, to give hiring preference to professional engineers or those who hold national certification as ride inspectors.
5 carnival ride accidents that happened before Ohio State Fair tragedy
Officials said inspectors cleared the Fire Ball the morning of July 26, 2017 and that Amusements of America, the ride and attractions vendor at the Ohio State Fair, performed a daily inspection and maintenance check. .
Inspectors cleared the Fire Ball on the morning of July 26. Amusements of America, the ride and attractions vendor at the state fair, performed a daily inspection and maintenance check. That afternoon, fair goes watched the horrific sight and many captured video on their cell phones that made local and national newscasts.
KMG, the ride's Dutch manufacturer, found excessive corrosion caused a metal arm to break on the gondola. The Ohio Department of Agriculture decided not to fine Amusements of America and in fact, the company returned to the state fair this year as the rides and attractions vendor.
Settlements with Amusements of America and other third-party vendors were reached with the families of Tyler Jerrell and Jennifer Lambert, a teenager who suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident.
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