A Dozen Workers Injured in Circus Accident
A circus act went tragically wrong on Sunday when eight performers fell about 30 feet. About a dozen workers were injured in the accident, including three who are listed in critical condition, according to USA Today.
Details of the Circus Accident
The accident happened on Sunday at the Dunkin Donuts Center in Providence, Rhode Island during a Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey circus show.
The eight women were performing an aerial act and were suspended about 30 feet in the air by their hair. Providence Public Safety Commissioner, Steven Pare, said that a failed clamp appears to have been the cause of the accident.
Although the circus had obtained all the proper permits for the performance, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has said it will conduct an investigation into whether or not there were any workplace safety violations. USA Today notes the investigation can include a “physical review of the workplace and equipment involved, interviews with workers ad management, and record reviews.”
Past OSHA Violations
The parent company of Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey, Feld Entertainment, has two past OSHA violations.
- In 2002 in Nevada for violating rules mandating floors of every workroom are kept clean and dry as well as well rules on logging occupation injuries or illness. No fine was assessed at the time.
- In 2007 in California for violating state rules for establishing a program to prevent workplace injury and illness. The company was fined $375.