Oct 13, 2014 7:18 PM

Amid weekend tragedies, inspecting rides a priority in Sandwich


SANDWICH - A hayride tragedy in Maine on Saturday, followed by a scary situation with a bouncy house Sunday in Nashua.

What did both have in common?

Neither had to pass state inspection because they aren't considered amusement rides. It's the owner's responsibility to make sure they're safe.

But when it comes to fairs with rides - like in Sandwich - the regulations are raised dramatically.

"We're inspected on Friday afternoon by the state of New Hampshire," said Daniel Peaslee, the president of the Sandwich Fair Association. "After the inspection, I met with both of the inspectors and they assured us we had one of the best ride companies in the state."

Nearly 35,000 people attended the fair over the past few days.

Inspectors say it's essential to make sure rides are good to go before any attendees even get near them.

"We feel we don't have to do anymore, I think we're already doing all we can," said Jules Gillette, who inspects the rides. "I mean I guess there's always room for improvement, but we do what we can and we have a very, very good record and we want to keep it that way. We don't want to hurt anybody - that's not our business."

If for some reason there is a problem with a ride, Gillette said it would be closed immediately until repairs were made and the ride was running flawlessly.

Contact Tyler Dumont at tdumont@NH1.com. Follow him on Twitter @NH1_Tyler.


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