As we're less than month away from the Iowa State Fair, and with all the Central Iowa cities throwing summer festivals, there has been an increase in work-related accidents involving employees working those festivals.
A carnival worker who was injured at the Stephenson County Fair Saturday by a piece of falling equipment remained in stable condition today at Rockford Memorial Hospital, said Freeport Rural Ambulance Chief Butch Broughton.
Authorities did not release the victim's name, and representatives from the Hoffman Estates company that operates carnival rides at the fair, North American Midway Entertainment, were unavailable for comment. The incident involved an amusement ride called Speed that spins riders through the air.
"I understood that the ride came down and hit him," Broughton said. "(But) I don't know what the scene looked like."
Stephenson County Sheriff David Snyders said his deputies were dispatched at 9:13 p.m. Saturday. The injured man was taken to FHN Memorial Hospital and then to Rockford Memorial Hospital.
"They were servicing a ride," Snyders said. "(Apparently), they were adjusting the ride and a piece of the equipment hit him."
If you have been injured while on the job, or doing a job-related activity, you are eligible for workers' compensation. It's imperative that you know your company's policy, but as we have seen far too often, sometimes those polices are filled with exceptions that have been put in place to try and keep your employer from being liable.
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