Fatal Carolina work accident occurs at S.C. state fair for second time in three years

A worker has died in a Carolina work accident after being electrocuted at the South Carolina State Fair, CBS7 reported.

The 43-year-old man was working on a ride called “The Rainbow” when he was electrocuted. The man had been with North American Midway Entertainment for nearly 26 years and was employed as a senior ride supervisor.

The state Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating. As we reported recently on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, a federal review has been sharply critical of South Carolina’s work safety program.

A spokesperson said state OSHA officials will be looking for any work-safety violations that may have contributed to the fatal accident. OSHA found violations in another fatal work accident when a state fair employee was killed in 2008. In that incident, a worker was crushed by a counterweight on the last day of the fair while taking measurements on a ride called “The Inverter” while the ride was in motion.

In that case, OSHA cited North American Midway Entertainment for failure to furnish a place of employment free of recognized hazards which may cause death or serious physical harm, and failure to provide one or more methods of machine guarding to protect the operator or other employees. The company was fined $5,000, which was reduced to $2,000 in appeal.

The recent federal review cited low fines as one of the issues with the state’s system. Workers who have been injured or killed should consult an experienced law firm familiar with workers’ compensation claims as well as personal injury and wrongful death claims.

If you are dealing with a work accident in North or South Carolina or are dealing with a worker’s compensation or disability claim, contact the Law Offices of Lee & Smith today for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 800-887-1965.

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