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Fair worker injured by ride

A workplace injury made the news this week after an employee working at one of the last state fairs of the season was injured when a ride he was dismantling apparently fell on him. The man suffered from a leg injury and was taken to an area hospital.

The area where the injury occurred was immediately cordoned off to enable investigators to inspect the area and determine what exactly happened. It is still unclear what caused the accident. It may have been a mechanical malfunction, a defect in the ride, an error by this or another employee, or some other latent safety issue in the area. Workers who are injured on the job can obtain workers compensation regardless of the cause of the injury, but it is still important to find out what happened in order to prevent similar injuries in the future.

Earlier during the same state fair on another ride several fairgoers were injured and a ride operator was charged with assault after the ride started up suddenly while customers were exiting the ride. While this is not a workers compensation issue the presence of another accident on the same premises suggests that there may be some safety issues on the part of the operator of the fair. Two other workers have been hurt while taking down the rides, one in 2009 and another in 2004. If that is the case and those safety issues rise to a level of gross negligence then the ride operator who suffered from a serious injury may be entitled to seek more than just workers compensation payments.

Source: ABC News, “Person hurt while disassembling ‘Vortex’ ride,” Oct. 28, 2013.

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