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Carnival Worker in Orlando, Florida Pinned under Ride in “Industrial Accident”


December 16, 2019

ORLANDO, FL- Wtsp.com writes that a man was injured in an accident while working at a carnival in Orlando, Florida. The victim was pinned beneath a ride. Reports indicate that the man was able to get out from under the ride before rescue workers arrived at the scene.*

The carnival was located at the Waterford Lakes Mall. Firefighters referred to the incident as an “industrial accident.” The Orange County Fire and Rescue website reported that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) would be investigating that incident.  OSHA is tasked with investigating workplace safety issues and regulating workplaces to ensure workers are adequately protected and trained when it comes to safety.

Amusement park injuries occur more frequently than many people would imagine. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were around 30,900 emergency room visits in 2016 because of injuries that took place at amusement parks. 

Between 2010 and 2017, 22 people died in accidents at amusement parks. 

Part of the problem is that these rides are complicated machines. When it comes to traveling carnivals, the rides are assembled and disassembled quite often. The constant taking apart and putting back together leaves a lot of room for mistakes to occur. There are a lot of pieces involved, too, which means there are plenty of things that could break.

Another issue is that the regulations for these carnivals vary from state to state. The agencies responsible for overseeing the parks and the rules that apply are not consistent. And somewhat shockingly, there are several states that do not oversee amusement parks at all. 

Some in the industry believe that consistency and shared collection of data could help lower the number of injuries affiliated with these rides. 

Accident News is a safety and education initiative from Montlick & Associates, designed to help people better understand and thereby avoid common accident causes.  To learn more about our injury prevention programs, including iridesafe.com - click here. We hope you are never in an accident, but if you or family member are injured, call Montlick & Associates 24/7 for your free consultation at 1-800-LAW-NEED (1-800-529-6333) or use our live chat at Montlick.com.

Source:https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/regional/carnival-worker-in-orlando-pinned-in-ride/67-b7728737-3bad-47c9-81b5-ac6b75bdcf80 and https://www.mynews13.com/fl/orlando/news/2019/12/07/carnival-worker-hospitalized-after-being-pinned-by-ride and https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/number-accidents-due-amusement-park-rides-might-be-higher-you-n787286


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