Fireball accident leads to revised amusement ride standards

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WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, PA (WCMH) — The safety group that analyzes amusements rides has announced two new revisions to industry standards.

NBC4 was the only station that attended ASTM International Ride Safety Conference in New Orleans in February. Reporter Katie Ferrell has been following this story for months. 

Top safety experts from across the world met to talk about the Fireball accident and what they could do to improve ride safety standards.

ASTM has announced they have approved two revisions to amusement ride standards which could help support safety efforts in the amusement ride community. 

“We wanted to provide more instructions for auditors to follow when examining the requirements of inspectors doing the non-destructive testing,” according to Jeff Borba, owner of Precisioneering, and chair of the three “evolution task groups” created by the committee to identify areas of need for new or revised standards.

The revised practice for auditing amusement rides and devices now includes language on requirements around inspector qualifications needed prior to doing non-destructive testing, including training and qualification records, written practices and procedures, equipment calibration records, and more. 

The group changed the standard from a guide to a practice. 

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