Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Today's The Patriot News (Harrisburg, PA) has a story by Bennett Leckrone about the safety of carnival rides. Regulation of fixed sites (amusement parks) and mobile rides (carnivals) is divided. The CPSC has authority to regulate the latter, but not the former. If there is to be regulation of fixed rides, it must come from the states. Most states have adopted regulations for fixed rides. The quality of regulation, however, varies significantly. Pennsylvania's regulations, the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture, are relatively strong. The nightmare for carnival rides is something like the fireball disaster at the Ohio State Fair in 2017.