Tennessee relies on 3rd party inspections for amusement rides

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – In the aftermath of the fair ride accident in Greene County, Tennessee, parents may have many questions about the safety of those rides and how they are inspected.

Tennessee “does not have individual inspectors,” according to the state’s Department of Labor and Workplace Development, but instead relies on third party inspections, which are approved by the department.

Overseeing that area for the state is Kim Jefferson who is administrator for Workplace Regulation and compliance.

(Courtesy: WATE)
(Courtesy: WATE)

“In order to locate those [approved] inspectors, companies have to take a look at our website. On our website the state posts the links for the approved agencies in Tennessee,” explained Jefferson.

Three of those third party agencies are currently approved by law in Tennessee.

This includes the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials (NAARSO), which is also the agency preparing a report for the State of Tennessee on the Greene County accident.

“The state’s role is to ensure that inspectors are qualified,” Jefferson told News 2. “In order to determine if they are qualified, we have to contact representatives from the agencies [like NAARSO] every time we receive an inspection report” and “we rely on them to tell us if an inspector is certified.”

Jefferson indicated that NAARSO’s report on the Greene County accident could be sent to the state either late Tuesday or Wednesday.

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