About Ride Inspections at the Great New York State Fair: The New York State Department of Labor inspects all rides at stationary parks outside of New York City at least once a year and inspects rides at traveling carnivals or fairs every time the rides are set up in a new location. The Department partners with independent inspectors hired by the Fair to inspect rides at the State Fair. A ride cannot legally operate without a permit from the Department of Labor.
The Department of Labor inspections are a three-step process:
- As rides are brought into a fair or festival location, each individual part and component of each individual ride is inspected for defects.
- The ride is assembled and inspected again to ensure that all components have been assembled and secured properly.
- The operator of the ride is required to run the ride, and it is inspected once more while operating. The person operating the ride is also observed to ensure that he or she is operating the ride correctly.
Unlike at other state fairs around the country, at the Great New York State Fair, rides are set up far in advance of the event opening, giving inspectors significantly more time to fully examine each ride.
In addition to standard testing, rides at the Great New York State Fair undergo non-destructive testing (NDT) by certified experts to verify the structural integrity of each ride. No ride that fails an inspection or that has not been fully and completely inspected is permitted to operate.
Once a ride has been inspected, a tag is placed on the ride so that the public can plainly see that the ride has been cleared to run. The tag includes the name of the ride, the name of the owner of the ride, the name of the inspector and the date the inspection was completed.
In addition to the inspections performed by the State, the Department of Agriculture and Markets and the Great New York State Fair use the services of an independent inspector. Also, the Fair’s Midway operator, Wade Shows, will once again employ independent inspections of the midway rides throughout the 13-day Fair.