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Owner of Circus Company Sued for May Rhode Island Accident

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Danielle Dougall3 years ago

Reuters reports that the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus is responsible for a May accident in which a chandelier holding eight acrobats fell to the ground during a show in Rhode Island, injuring the performers. A ninth circus employee on the ground was also injured by the falling chandelier apparatus.

About the Circus Accident

In their investigation, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that the circus company had improperly secured the steel clamp that supported the rigging for the “hang-hung” act in which acrobats were suspended from their hair.

The accident occurred in front of about 3,700 people, including children. The safety agency fined Feld Entertainment Inc., the company that owns the circus, the maximum fine of $7,000 as allowed by law.

The spokesperson of Feld Entertainment Inc. took issue with the findings, stating that: “We do agree that we will change how a carabineer of that nature is loaded [but]…We don’t necessarily agree that it was overloaded, because it was rated to hold over 10,000 pounds but it was holding only a fraction of that.”


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