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Pensacola Fair inspections
PENSACOLA -- The Pensacola Interstate Fair opens tomorrow afternoon.
Right now crews are setting up all the games, exhibits, food stands and the rides.
The fair has a very good safety record.
The last time there was a major incident was in 2009, when a ride broke down with people on it.
At least four people were hit in the head by metal parts of the ride.
They were taken to the hospital and treated.
It's amazing at how fast these rides are put up.
The ferris wheel takes about 10-hours to build.
But all these rides, big and small, go through an intense safety inspection.
Crews building the midway hit the ground running the moment they step foot on the Pensacola Fair Grounds.
They have just a few days to get everything set up for opening day.
And as their blue shirts reads..."Safety is our first priority"
Florida law requires amusement rides to have insurance and pass a safety inspection before they can operate.
The state checks all rides that are assembled and taken apart for fairs and festivals.
Inspectors look for things like, weird noises, cracks in floor or seats, rusty screws, ropes or chains. and seatbelts.
If they don't pass inspection the ride is shut down.
Tony Haeussler - Pensacola
"That's very comforting to know they go the extra mile to make sure nobody is going to get hurt, that's good"
Florida has some of the toughest standards in the country when it comes to amusement ride safety.
State inspectors watch ride operators do a run-through before the ride is given the okay.
This crew member is double checking the wiring, to make sure the indicator lights are working.
"This lets you know this is locked, so you won't fall out hopefully"
Owners also do their own inspection.
Richard Reithoffer - Fair
"We have certified maintenance mechanics about 5 of them employed by us, and we look at the ride and we're looking for the same things"
For people going to the fair, after learning some of the behinds the scenes work to ensure they're safety, they say they have no concerns.
Sherry Mooney - Pensacola
"I have no fear of taking my grandchildren there, none whatsoever"
All the rides also go through daily inspections before the fair opens to the public.