New York Personal Injury Accident Lawyer Comments on Long Island Carnival Worker Killed by Ride at Long Island Festival

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New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman from The Perecman Firm questions the circumstances of the death of an amusement park worker who had been on the job for only three weeks. The worker was hit in the head by a ride that was operating while he was beneath it.

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Employers are responsible for protecting their employees from hazards whether the job is at a construction site, a supermarket or an amusement park.

A worker died after he was hit in the head by a spinning amusement ride at a Long Island carnival reported the [New York Post. (9/2/2012) Apparently, employee Michael Austin went under the ride while it was still in motion. New York personal injury lawyers at The Perecman Firm understand that safety procedures for the ride typically call for workers to wait until the ride has come to a complete stop before going beneath it.

“Now come the questions. Was the worker, Michael Austin, correctly and thoroughly trained? And what safety measures were in place to protect the ride operators and workers?” said David Perecman, founder of The Perecman Firm and a New York personal injury lawyer for over 30 years. “Workers are entitled to working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm, and if the right questions aren’t asked, important facts may be missed.”

According to the New York Post, police said Austin went under the ride “to take care of something related to its music.” When he stood up, the ride hit him. Austin was on the job for only three weeks before the tragic accident occurred.

“Employers are responsible for protecting their employees from hazards whether the job is at a construction site, a CPA firm or an amusement park,” said David Perecman, a New York personal injury lawyer committed to advocating on behalf of workers injured on the job.

Amusement park and festival workers need training on the mechanical hazards associated with rides, safe ride operation, and hazard recognition and reporting. While a ride is operating, employees should stay within the areas clearly marked as safe for ride attendants, explained Perecman.The accident happened at the Feast of Mother Cabrini festival in Brentwood, said the New York Post.

The ride, called the Scat, features riders standing in spinning baskets, pressed against the walls due to centrifugal force.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) maintains several databases that contain incidents of amusement ride injuries and fatalities. Accidents at amusement parks and on rides at festivals and other sites result in more than 6,000 injuries per year, according to CPSC data from 2005. While many of the injuries from accidents are minor, others are very serious.

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an amusement park accident or other serious New York personal injury accident, contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York personal injury, medical malpractice, construction accident, auto accident, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York personal injury accident cases. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal's Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine's "The Best Lawyers in America" and The New York Times Magazine "New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition" for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03), a $5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04), and a $40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $7.940 million    
*** later settled for $3.5 million
**** total potential payout

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