Carnival worker’s death prompts OSHA investigation


Carnival rides, while meant to be fun for the public, have specific safety regulations meant to protect workers and patrons.

Carnivals are supposed to be a source of joy and good-hearted fun. So when tragedy strikes in such a venue it often stands out and people take notice.

Over the weekend, a 22-year-old worker at the Feast of Mother Cabrini festival in Brentwood, New York was killed when he was struck in the head by a ride, according to Newsday. Pete Zorlenzan, owner of the ride, told the news source that the employee may have been reaching for an iPod beneath the ride to change songs while it was in motion.

After being airlifted to a nearby medical center, Zorlenzan said he was told by a hospital employee over the phone that the worker was awake and breathing on his own. But, this quickly changed.

"Only a short time later, I got another call back from the hospital saying that he had slipped into a coma," he said. "By the time I reached the hospital, he passed."

Zorlenzan told The Huffington Post that generally, safety procedures dictate employees should wait until the ride is no longer moving before stepping beneath it. Investigators from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration are looking into the accident.

Carnivals and similar events often employ young individuals on a temporary basis. In these situations, training may not be as extensive as it would be in companies employing full-time, skilled workers. However, even temporary and part-time jobs can involve serious hazards.

Any company that employs staff using heavy machinery can benefit greatly from providing online compliance training. These systems provide workers with information regarding safety procedures and trains them to be able to recognize potential hazards.

Business owners and managers are also able to utilize training tracking software to make sure that no one is operating equipment or working in an environment they are not properly prepared for.

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