COLUMBUS, Ohio - An exclusive 5 On Your Side Investigation into Ohio's amusement ride inspections reveals more than 3,000 amusement rides across the state are required to be inspected just once a year.
Amusements ride are inspected under a program operated by the Ohio Department of Agriculture that employs just nine inspectors for those 3,000 amusement rides. While Ohio's inspection program is generally regarded as one of the better programs in the country, we found some potential deficiencies.
Annual inspections are required once a year — usually at the beginning of the season — but additional inspections are performed only on a need to inspect or random basis for the remainder of the year.
Plus, our investigation found amusements rides are not required to be inspected every day before you climb on, nor are they required to be inspected after being taken down, driven to the next town, and placed back into operation.