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Department of Labor Finalizing Database of Inspection Violations for Amusement Rides

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The Department of Labor is working to finalize an online database that will allow New Yorkers to search inspection violations for amusement rides following a fatal accident in July that threw Army Sgt. James Hackemer to his death from the Ride of Steel Coaster at Darien Lake Theme Park & Resort.

The 200-foot-tall coaster was found to be mechanically fine and safety devices properly working, but operators failed to follow rules posted at the ride’s entrance, according to investigators.

The Web site should be operational in the next few days and will include violation information from inspections of rides at amusement and theme parks, as well as traveling rides used at county fairs.

Hackemer, 29, was an Iraq war veteran that lost his legs to a roadside bomb.

A wrongful death has been filed against Dairen Lake by Hackemer’s family and is pending in federal court in Buffalo.