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Multiple performers injured in circus accident

Accidents at work can take many forms depending on the type of work environment. Some employees in Minnesota are subjected to a higher likelihood of bodily harm because of the type of work they do. However, precautions should be put into place in order to reduce the occurrence of workplace accidents as much as possible.

Nine people with unique careers were injured at work recently and were all taken to the hospital for treatment. Three were listed in good condition, two in serious condition, two in critical condition and one had recovered enough to be released from the hospital.

They were all part of Ringling Bros. traveling circus and were injured when a carabiner clip broke as eight performers hung from a frame that was supported by the clip. One man was injured when he was hit by the falling apparatus. Authorities are investigating the accident and said that the clip was designed to hold over 10,000 pounds, but for some reason failed. The performers and rigging used only weighed 1,500 pounds.

Although equipment failure is what appears to have caused the accident, specialists say that human error may have also played a role. The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is conducting an investigation into the accident.

Those who were injured in this accident may be entitled to workers’ compensation. They may wish to consult with a personal injury attorney in order to ensure that they receive the proper compensation for their pain and suffering, medical expenses and lost wages.

Source: The Boston Globe, “Circus replacing equipment after aerialists’ plunge,” Peter Schworm and Laura Crimaldi, May 5, 2014

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