SANDUSKY, Ohio -- A weekend mishap that left two people hurt is raising a familiar question: Who inspects the rides at Cedar Point?
A cable on Skyhawk a super-sized swing ride snapped. Rider Tim Bostley's lips and teeth were struck by a section of fence shattered by the cable.
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"This huge crack, then people started screaming... a two by six struck me between my lip and jaw and drove my lip into my teeth," he said.
He praised park workers quick and professional handling of the difficult situation.
Around 3.5 million visitors a year come to Cedar Point. Day-in and day-out, Cedar Point inspects its own rides.
"There is nothing that commands more attention and is taken more seriously than the issue of safety as it relates to our guests and employees," park spokesman Bryan Edwards said.
He explained internal safety teams of maintenance , operations and security experts work with outside agencies regulators, engineers and ride-makers to ensure safety.
He claims some of Cedar Point's standards are adopted by other parks and organizations.
Rides are inspected every day before the park open. And they are reinspected if the park shuts down for weather.
Ohio is one of a few states that inspects amusement park rides.
A team of inspectors from the Department of Agriculture spends weeks checking out rides before the park opens, does random inspections of equipment and operators and investigates accidents where injuries involve hospital admissions.
The weekend accident did not require that, but the state will decide when the Skyhawk can resume operations.
Chief Inspector Mike Vartorella said," The ride's going to be shut down until we can get with manufacturers and owners..It will be out of commission until we are content."
The amusement park industry prides itself on its safety record.
375 million people attend U.S. parks every year.
Dennis Speigel, an industry consultant said, 'Theme parks and amusement parks are one of the safest places to be on earth... Safety is the hallmark of the industry....If it weren't theme parks would be out of business."
But there are questions about how forceful any state oversight is.
A Dayton Daily News investigation found that in ten park accidents going back to 2010, the state did not issue any citations or impose any fines.
And a roller coaster at King's Island operated for years causing rider complaints, safety and operational issues before the park took it out of service and demolished it on its own, not because of state involvement.
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