Tuesday, June 10, 2008
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Illinois Department of Labor lifts temporary halt on operation of several Yo-Yo amusement rides

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[June 10, 2008]  SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Department of Labor announced on May 30 that three Yo-Yo amusement rides, manufactured by Chance Rides Manufacturing Inc., that were temporarily stopped from operating have been thoroughly inspected by state amusement ride inspectors and approved for operation. As of Friday, all three rides were in full compliance with manufacturer and industry safety standards.

More Yo-Yo rides are scheduled for inspection in the coming weeks, and updated results of rides inspected and approved for operation will be posted at http://www.state.il.us/agency/idol/.

On May 22, the Department of Labor issued a written, emergency directive, instructing owners and operators of Yo-Yo rides in Illinois to cease operation until the ride has been inspected or re-inspected by state amusement ride inspectors. Department of Labor Director Catherine Shannon issued the order after published reports of a "Chance Yo-Yo" collapsing while in operation on May 16 at the Calaveras County Fair in California, injuring all on board.

The Yo-Yo ride involved in the incident in California was manufactured by Chance Rides Manufacturing Inc., the same Kansas-based company that manufactured Yo-Yo rides registered in Illinois. This prompted the department to temporarily halt operation of the rides as a precautionary measure until safety inspections were conducted.

The Department of Labor is responsible for ensuring the safe operation of amusement rides and attractions in Illinois. For more information regarding this issue, contact the department at 217-782-9347.

[Text from Illinois Department of Labor file received from the Illinois Office of Communication and Information]




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