Carnival Company Found Negligent of Fall Accident in Greensboro After Death of a Worker

A $27,000 penalty has been issued to a Georgia company for safety violations related to the death of a worker at a Greensboro carnival.

Our North Carolina workers’ compensation lawyers in Charlotte previously wrote about this tragic incident on our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog.
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Event Coordinators Incorporated, located in Augusta, Georgia was cited by the North Carolina Department of Labor for more than 10 serious safety violations in connection with a fatal accident at a Youth Council carnival that took place at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex.

Monetary penalties per violation ranged from $900 to $3,500. At the conclusion of the carnival, a 42-year-old Columbus, Georgia resident fell to his death from a Ferris wheel while he was dismantling it. Another worker was also seriously injured when a cable broke causing the two men to fall from heightened levels.

According to the N.C. Department of Labor report, a defective fitting on a cable used to dismantle the “Seattle Wheel” caused the tragic accident. The failed fitting allowed part of the Ferris wheel to become free, swinging into a walkway that caused one worker to fall over 40 feet to the pavement. The loose part also hit an elevated bucket lift which dumped out the second worker, who fell more than 25 feet.

Included in the report was that the accidents was caused by 3 broken strands on the cable. Additional safety violations included that 2 other workers plus the ones who fell were performing work at heights which required protective railings and that workers should have been wearing eye protection and hard hats while working with potential overhead hazards.

Here are just a few amusement park/carnival ride accidents that occurred last month as reported by Ride Accidents, a non-profit group that wants to help avoid accidents in the future by identifying the circumstances that caused them.

-A 25-year-old ride operator at the West Virginia State Fair in Charleston was airlifted to a hospital after being hit by a gondola ride. It was reported by co-workers that the operator was using his cell phone and walked into the danger zone of the ride.

-5 people were hurt on a pirate ship ride at Morey’s Piers in Wildwood, New Jersey, when a decorative mast broke apart hitting the riders. One of the riders, a 13-year-old girl, sustained serious injuries.

-It took almost an hour for emergency workers to rescue a man that fell while boarding the Corkscrew roller coaster at Silverwood, a theme park in Athol, Idaho.

-A defective metal pin caused a light fixture to fall on a Scrambler ride at a carnival in Tell City, Indiana. Though the 3 hurt riders did not receive life threatening injuries, one young man required more than 70 stitches to his face.

In two separate incidents, one in Tennessee and the other in Pennsylvania, two ride operators were arrested and charge with reckless endangerment. In the Tennessee incident, a 23-year-old Ferris wheel operator was allegedly smoking marijuana at the Putnam County Fair in Cookville. The Pennsylvania incident happened at a carnival in Connoquenessing Township where a 47-year-old ride operator was allegedly drunk while giving carnival goers a ride called the Ring of Fire.

If you have been seriously injured on a job site or have a disability or workers’ compensation claim, contact the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for help regarding your case. Call 1-800-887-1965 for a free no-obligation consultation to discuss your rights today.

Additional Resources:
Company fined in Greensboro carnival accident, News & Record.

Wide Variety of Work Environments Deemed Dangerous; Employers Need to Protect Workers from Injury in North Carolina, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, September 9, 2011.

Despite Big Business Contentions – Injured Workers Deserve Fair Compensation in North Carolina, North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Blog, August 30, 2011.

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