A woman from Bossier City sustained two spine fractures, a fracture near her hip, and a torn spleen after being thrown off of the Fun Factory ride at the State Fair of Louisiana. According to news reports, she was transported to LSU Hospital for treatment.
The Fun Factory ride is a European version of the conventional U.S. “Tilt-a-Whirl” ride and was brought to the Louisiana fair for the first time this year by Sky Attractions, a subcontractor of Crabtree Amusements. The Fun Factory is manufactured by KMG of the Netherlands and operates on a mechanism that lifts the gondola and spins it at different speeds as the turntable moves.
The Fun Factory ride that the woman was thrown from was closed so that the State Fire Marshal could investigate the accident. They investigated an accident last year at the fair that caused a four-year-old to suffer critical injuries. The child was pinned under a ride that was started accidentally by another child. An investigation revealed that a ride operator had failed to turn on a switch that would have prevented the accident from happening.
Crabtree Amusements was asked to provide fair rides this year so as to prevent similar accidents.
The investigation into the current carnival ride accident is determining whether the woman was injured on the ride from bumping her head, blacking out, and becoming susceptible to being ejected from the ride from her body becoming limp, or whether she was injured from the ejection itself.
Whether enough safety checks of the Fun Factory were conducted, as well as whether ride defects or operator negligence contributed to the injury accident, is yet to be determined.
Carnival ride ejections are serious and may result in life-threatening injuries and fatalities. As more and more consumers are informed about the lack of safety regulations for carnivals, fairs, and fixed amusement parks, the call for change grows louder. Hopefully, more lives won’t have to be endangered for such changes to occur.
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