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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Ride setup and inspections at the Cape Fear Fair and Expo are underway. We looked into how the Department of Labor is ensuring you are safe on these rides.
Steven Green, an inspector with the Department of Labor, says there is no change in their inspection routine following the incident at the state fair in Raleigh.
"Nothing more than we usually do. Every job is as important as the last one. So we look at everything as if it's the first time," Green said. "We try and go as in depth as possible and follow the book. Follow the maintenance and manufacturers procedures."
While they say safety is their number one priority, it took some digging to get this information. At first, we were set up to talk to the lead inspector, but we were told the Department of Labor would not allow it. After working through that situation, we were then told we couldn't question the inspectors, but were finally given approval to record them working. However, the inspectors were then on their lunch break.
We waited three hours to finally get face-to-face with one inspector, Steve Green, who was looking over the "Vertigo" ride.
The rides at the Cape Fear Fair and Expo came straight from the state fair that wrapped up October 27. However, their operators, Powers Great American Midways, were not involved in the incident that hurt five people.
Another safety concern some fair officials have this year is a recent spike in crime across the Port City.
Skip Watkins, 2nd V.P. for the Cape Fear Fair and Expo, says security will be doubled this year.
"We will have the most security we have ever had at the fair. We are confident that the community will feel safer than ever before here, but for security reasons we are not going to discuss the details," Watkins said.
DATES: The 2013 Cape Fear Fair and Expo dates are November 1st thru November 10th. HOURS: Mon-Thur: 5pm-11pm • Fri: 5pm-2am • Sat: Noon-Midnight • Sun: Noon-11pm
The fair features, rides, games, livestock exhibits, chainsaw carving and more activities.
Tickets Adult Admission: $20 Walk around ticket: $5 (Available at gate, excludes rides, only valid Monday thru Thursday)