Worker Seriously Injured Inspecting Ride at North Carolina Amusement Park
CHARLOTTE, NC. – According to a news report published online by wsbradio.com, a worker was seriously injured while inspecting a ride at an amusement park in Charlotte, North Carolina. The worker ended up severing a hand, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will be opening an investigation into the incident.*
The accident happened on the morning of March 6 while a man was inspecting a ride at the Carowinds amusement park in Charlotte. WSB reported that the worker was above ground, and that the accident was not the result of the fall. Somehow, he sustained a serious injury to one of his hands in which the hand was severed.
Carowinds released a statement that was described in the WSB report in which it said that the man was a contractor for an outside company and was inspecting the WindSeeker ride, which has a tower more than 300 feet tall. The Flint Hill Fire Department reportedly said the worker’s hand became trapped in a pulley.
OSHA will be opening an investigation to determine what happened, and WSB reports that the investigation might take about two months to complete. OSHA will be looking into whether any safety violations occurred that led to the accident and the worker’s injuries.
The man was lowered to the ground after the incident and taken to a local hospital for treatment, where his current condition has not been updated. He was not identified in the WSB report. The news report did not provide any information about how the worker’s hand became trapped.
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