A fatal fall from the Ferris wheel at the Greensboro Youth Council Carnival marked the first North Carolina carnival injury in nearly 10 years, according to News & Record.
Investigators have so far revealed that the accident injured one other worker. A malfunctioning cable is suspected to have caused the accident, according to Greensboro police Cpl. Mike Matthews.
Our North Carolina personal injury attorneys understand that these entertaining attractions can be dangerous for both workers and visitors. Injuries often result from carnival visits as there are dangers lurking around every corner. Rides are put together and taken apart in a matter of hours, while wires and cords line the ground to power the music and lights.
The fall reportedly happened a short time before 2 a.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum’s parking lot. The two men were at different ends of the ride they were dismantling.
Both workers involved in the accident were taken to Moses Cone Hospital. One worker was pronounced dead at the hospital, and the other remains in critical condition.
After the accident, workers were required to answer questions from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and police investigators.
The Greensboro Youth Council Carnival attracts roughly 50,000 visitors each year and offers about 25 different rides. Last weekend markedthe carnival’s sixth annual event.
The Ferris wheel was built in 1965. It is the only reproduction made of the Seattle Wheel, which was built when the city hosted the 1962 World Fair. The Ferris wheel is 90 feet tall and has 16 separate buckets. It was reported to have been renovated in the late 1990s. It has been in operation and on the road since June 2000.
In North Carolina, the rides of traveling amusement parks are required to be inspected by the state Department of Labor’s Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau every time they are put together and set up for use.
OSHA hasn’t had to issue any citations to the company since 1972, which was the first year citations were tracked, according Neal O’Briant, spokesman for the Department of Labor’s OSHA division.
The carnival is now headed to Roanoke, Va., for a fair that starts Wednesday evening.
We recognize the summer months are popular for these entertaining attractions, but all fair-goers are urged to practice caution.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a North Carolina carnival accident, contact the experienced team of injury lawyers at Lee Law Offices, P.A. For a free and confidential appointment call 1-800-887-1965 today.