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Fair & Expo Vendor Fined for Unsafe Rides
updated: Apr 25, 2014, 11:15 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Vendor that operates amusement rides at the Santa Barbara Fair and Expo has been fined $100,000 for conducting unsafe rides in California.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has fined Beaverton-based Butler Amusements, Inc. for knowingly operating rides after bolts and cross bracing had been removed.

News Release No.: 2014-35
Source: State of California Department of Industrial Relations
Date: April 22, 2014

Cal/OSHA Fines Butler Amusements over $100,000 for Willful Violations at Big Fresno Fair

Fresno - Cal/OSHA fined Butler Amusements, Inc. $101,250 following an investigation which found that the temporary amusement ride operator knowingly conducted rides after key bolts and cross bracing had been removed. The compromised rides included the Giant Wheel and Flying Bobs rides at the Big Fresno Fair last October.

"When the safety of riders is put at risk, we make sure immediate steps are taken to correct any existing hazards," said Christine Baker, Director of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). Cal/OSHA, also known as the Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) is a division of DIR.

Cal/OSHA initiated the public safety inspection after receiving a confidential tip about safety concerns at one of the rides owned by the Beaverton, Oregon-headquartered company. The Cal/OSHA investigator observed several patrons on the compromised attractions, including a local news crew and fair mascot on the Giant Wheel ride. The Giant Wheel was missing all the 12 bolts associated with the support leg flanges and the Flying Bobs was missing all of the lower cross bracing used for structural support. When the imminent hazard was brought to the attention of the representative accompanying the investigator, Butler Amusements voluntarily stopped the rides and the patrons disembarked with no injuries.

The full press release can be viewed here.


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