Who makes sure water slides are safe in Tennessee and how often?

A photo of a water slide at Wave County in Nashville. (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tragic details emerged Wednesday when sources said the little boy who died on the water slide in Kansas City was decapitated.

Since the incident, people have been questioning whether or not the slide was safe.

The last time the Kansas Department of Labor inspected the water park in question was 2012. The water slide didn’t even exist back then.

The incident has News 2 wondering who makes sure water slides are safe in Tennessee.

For Doug Tullock and his wife, trips to the water park in the summer were pretty common when his kids were younger.

“I never thought about the safety or the fact that any of the water slide type of rides were regulated or inspected,” said Tullock.

But after the young boy was killed Sunday, Tullock has concerns.

“I would like to see if it is a state agency or whether it is an agency contracted by the state to provide oversight for these water parks,” said Tullock.

News 2 reached out to the manager of Wave Country in Nashville to find out how and if the park is inspected.

“We have the health department, then we have our own facility inspections, then we have anything offered by the manufacturer,” said Matt Oberbreckling, the manager.

The Metro Public Health Department walks through at the start and end of the season to make sure everything is in safe and working order.

The water parks are then expected to inspect the rides and facilities themselves, but there is no third party inspector, and that’s something Wave Country says it would welcome.

“I wouldn’t say there is anything bad that would come from somebody else coming in from the outside and evaluating your facility,” said Oberbreckling. “The more input you can get on how to do it, well, the better you will be.”

“I think it is very important to have a third party inspector inspect the rides.” said Tullock. “I don’t believe you can always trust a private business to do what is in the best interest for the public.”

Wave Country says the slides they have are inspected daily and safety for the park goers is the number one priority.

“Patron safety is a committment and it is more than just saying you are looking to do something,” said Oberbreckling. “It is planning, implementation and evaluation.”

They also make sure that their employees stationed on the water slides are properly trained each season.

“We look to put veteran employees in areas of importance,” said Oberbreckling.

Click here to read more about the accident in Kansas City.

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