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Rides at Illinois State Fair all getting inspection

St. Louis Post Dispatch

Thursday, August 10, 2017  |  Article  |  The Associated Press

State Fair, Fairs
SPRINGFIELD, Ill.  •   Illinois officials are conducting routine inspections of all rides at the 2017 state fair to ensure they are safe to operate.

The Illinois Department of Labor's Amusement Ride and Attraction Safety Division is inspecting more than 65 rides at the fairgrounds in Springfield. The department says no ride will be allowed to run if it doesn't pass the inspection.

At the Ohio State Fair on July 26, a man was killed when part of a ride broke off while running. Inspectors blamed "excessive corrosion" for the deadly accident, although the ride had been inspected prior to the fair opening.

The fair starts Thursday and runs through Aug. 20.

Acting Director Joe Beyer says inspectors also will be making unannounced safety checks throughout the fair.

The department is encouraging fairgoers to follow safety rules and instructions from ride attendants. That includes following minimum height and weight restrictions and using required safety equipment such as lap bars, harnesses and seat belts.