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Hot Air Balloon Worker Falls to Death in New York

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Emma D'Arpino1 year ago

On Saturday, Reuters reported that a worker for a hot air balloon company fell to his death after holding on to the aircraft’s basket in New York state. 

About the Hot Air Balloon Worker’s Death

Ryan Almeter, who was 34-years-old, was helping passengers climb out of the hot air balloon’s basket by holding it down.  However, a gust of wind caused the hot air balloon to get sent in the air. 

State trooper Mark O’Donnell said that though it’s unclear why Almeter did not let go right when the balloon started to ascend, it is thought he may have been trying to climb into the basket.  Almeter let go of the balloon when it was about 100 feet high. 

Almeter was pronounced dead at the scene in Nunda, New York.  Police are still investigating the death, and they have reached out to the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board about the incident. 

Important Information About Death at the Workplace

All information is provided by the United States Department of Labor

  • In 2014, there were a total of 4,821 fatal work injuries. 
  • 17% of those fatal injuries were a result of falls, slips, or trips.
  • A total of 660 fatal falls to lower levels occurred in 2014.
  • 7% of fatal occupational injuries due to transportation incidents involved aircrafts. 


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