Farmer: More Inspectors Needed At Amusement Parks

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie
Farmer says Kentucky needs more inspectors to keep amusement ride
patrons safe.
Farmer says while no one's been killed on a Kentucky amusement
ride, people have been injured.
Last summer, 13-year-old Kaitlyn Lassiter's feet were severed after a cable snapped on the Superman Tower of Power ride at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom in Louisville.
The state has 8 full-time inspectors, but Farmer says 5 to 8 more are needed.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is facing a 12 percent cut in Gov. Steve Beshear's proposed budget.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by #1 Cat Fan Location: Lexington on Feb 21, 2008 at 08:40 AM
    As much as I don't like Richie Farmer, I agree that 8 people can't be expected to perform 4,000 pre-inspections and 15,000 continuing inspections on these things around the state. And now they are getting a 12 percent cut? Things will only get worse than they already were. Richie should've hired more people 4 years ago when money was being spread everywhere by Fletcher...because he can't possibly justify to me that this is an "all of a sudden" thing. He was wrong to not be advocating publicly 4 years ago that 8 inspectors couldn't do this much and be effective at it. But he waits until they cut him to scream for help??? Give me a break. Do the right thing the first time and you don't have to worry about it later. Richie is a true politician just like the rest of them. And I thought he cared about KY, must've misread that one.


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