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Company fined in Greensboro carnival accident
[September 12, 2011]

Company fined in Greensboro carnival accident

GREENSBORO, Sep 12, 2011 (News & Record - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- A Georgia company has been fined $27,100 for safety violations after a worker was killed here in May.

The N.C. Department of Labor cited Event Coordinators Inc. of Augusta, Ga., for 12 serious violations stemming from the accident at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. Fines ranged from $900 to $3,500 per violation.

Michael Douglas Cook, 42, of Columbus, Ga., was killed May 16 after falling off a Ferris wheel. A second worker was hurt. The Ferris wheel had been part of the Greensboro Youth Council's annual carnival, and the incident happened while workers were taking it apart at the close of the festival.

According to the labor department report, a fitting failed on a wire cable being used to take apart the Seattle Wheel, a type of Ferris Wheel.

When the fitting failed, a part of the wheel came free and hit a walkway, causing one worker to fall 44 feet to the pavement. The Ferris wheel part also hit an elevated basket holding a second worker, who then fall 28 feet.

The report also noted that the wire cable had three broken strands.

Other violations noted that four workers -- including the two victims -- were working on elevated stations without protective railings and that employees were not wearing eye protection or hard hats despite exposure to overhead hazards.

Event Coordinators has 15 days to appeal the ruling to pay the fine.

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