Ride Operators Fined for NC State Fair Mishap
Regulators in North Carolina have fined the operators of a thrill ride following an accident at the 2013 State Fair that left five people injured.
About the State Fair Accident
According to FOX News, the ride operators have been ordered to pay $114,000 in connection with a ride mishap that left five people injured, three of them critically.
Four patrons and one ride worker were injured when the ride, the Vortex, lurched in to motion before the ride was set to begin. Patrons were thrown from the attraction.
Among those fined were Family Attractions Amusement of Valdosta, Ga., ride owner Joshua Macaroni and two ride operators.
Macaroni and one of the ride operators, Tim Tutterrow, are also facing felony charges for allegedly tampering with a safety switch that was designed to keep the ride from moving unless all patrons were properly secured.
Amusement Ride Accident Statistics
- According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), roughly 7,000 people are treated in emergency rooms for injuries sustained in amusement ride accidents every year.
- In 2000, most emergency room-treated park ride injuries occurred in children with 17.9 percent of all injuries occurring in children between the ages of 10 and 14.
- The CPSC reports that the leading causes of amusement park accidents include:
- Mechanical failures
- Operator behavior
- Consumer behavior