Worker Suffers Fatal Injuries at Tulsa Fairgrounds
Most fairgrounds, amusement parks, and other facilities strive to provide a safe environment for workers, guests, and all who may enter and spend time on their grounds. One of the key factors in ensuring that the park is safe for all guests is performing routine maintenance around the park. Maintenance activities can include patching cracked sidewalks, ensuring sufficient lighting is installed and making sure that rides are in good working order. Failure to inspect and, as required, repair worn-out or weathered equipment greatly increases the odds that a visitor or worker will suffer a serious, life-altering injury. Unfortunately, not all maintenance goes as planned. Performing work on some attractions can, in fact, be dangerous in itself. However, this was the case at the Tulsa fairgrounds this past weekend. A routine maintenance operation on the fairground’s sky ride turned deadly after an apparent equipment malfunction. Our thoughts and prayers go out the family of the worker who lost his life and to the injured and hospitalized worker.
Fairground Rescue and Injury
According to the account of the Tulsa Fire Department district chief, two workers, employed by DMC Tulsa, LLC, were working on the fairground’s Skyride attraction. The Skyride is fairly typical for the ride type and passes over the fairgrounds at Expo Square.
The men were working in a basket attached to the same cable-car system that the Skyride cars would travel over. No Skyride cable cars were on the system at the time of the accident because the ride was undergoing routine maintenance. Therefore, no guests at the fairground were placed in danger due to the malfunction.
While the men were working, the basket they were working from collapsed, leaving the men suspended from their safety harness more than 90 feet in the air. When the basket fell, it plummeted onto a transformer below. No damage was caused by the falling basket. Authorities do not currently know what caused the collapse, however, an investigation is underway.
At about 10:10 a.m. eyewitnesses from a nearby gun show heard a commotion from the fairgrounds. They noticed the commotion and the fact that someone was trapped at Expo Square and called for help.
The Rescue of the Fairground Workers and the Discovery of a Fatal Injury
The men were left hanging from the harnesses until the fire department could maneuver its truck into place. The firefighters used a ladder truck to reach the two men and bring them down from their perilous perch. When the rescuers reached the men, one man was conscious but dazed while the other man was unconscious. Life-saving CPR was performed on the unconscious man who, according to paramedics, still had a pulse. Both men were transported to a nearby hospital for further treatment.
Unfortunately and tragically, the one worker would never regain consciousness. Later examinations would reveal that the man had suffered a cervical spine fracture during the basket collapse and ensuing ordeal. His death was caused by complications relating to the cervical spine fracture.
Injured at a Fairground or Amusement Park?
We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends affected by this terrible tragedy. If you or a loved one have suffered a catastrophic injury at an amusement park or the unthinkable has happened and you have lost a love one, you have legal options to hold the responsible party or parties financially accountable. Our workers compensation attorneys are here to help you get the justice you deserve. This can provide the resources the injured individual or the family needs to begin their medical and emotional recovery from a harrowing event. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation with our work injury attorneys, call (215) 709-6940 or contact us online.