Georgia amusement park and carnival patrons depend on safety inspections to ensure that rides undergo proper maintenance. An accident at a festival on the West Coast highlights the dangers of malfunctioning rides. According to the police report, something fell off a Ferris wheel that made a grinding noise when a basket flipped and ejected three people.
A representative from the local fire department said that the victims fell at least 15 feet before landing on the metal frame of the ride. Police revealed that two of the victims, a 47-year-old woman and a 7-year-old boy, had been released from the hospital after receiving treatment. A spokeswoman from Harborview Medical Center said that the third person, a 59-year-old woman, remained in intensive care but was stable and expected to recover.
After the accident, authorities from the state Department of Labor and Industries revoked the operating permit for the Ferris wheel. The department informed the president of Funtastic Rides Company that the ride must be shut down until it passes a new inspection and gains approval for a new permit.
The operator of the ride could be held liable for injuries for failing to maintain equipment, and the festival organization might have responsibility as well in a premises liability lawsuit. A person injured in an accident like this could enlist the services of an attorney to sort out the details of a personal injury claim that could include multiple parties such as a property owner and maintenance company.
Source: CNN, "Ferris wheel accident: Ride permit revoked after 3 injured", Chuck Johnston, May 19, 2017