Monday, July 23, 2018
On July 26, 2017, a ride at the Ohio State Fair catastrophically failed, killing one, seriously injuring four, and injuring 22 others. The "Fire Ball," which has six "arms" that spin riders around, had one arm crack off due to rust. It was later discovered that all six arms had significant corrosion. Ohio Department of Agriculture inspectors had reviewed the ride a few hours prior to the incident. State inspectors, however, have a form of qualified immunity that protects them from liability for negligence. The ride manufacturer is protected by a statute of repose. Several settlements have been reached, including an approximate $1.3M settlement on behalf of the 18-year-old man who was killed. Those settlements are with the ride operator, which has an aggregate $10M insurance policy in place, and a private company that inspected the ride. The Columbus Dispatch wrote a great update piece yesterday (you may need to sign in to obtain access).