International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies report that a man was critically injured recently when he fell around 20 feet while setting up a carnival ride at the Orange County Convention Center. The worker, an employee of Freeman Exposition Services, was reportedly working on the ride at an expo at the Convention center when he fell. Deputies are still trying to determine why the worker fell, but the Sheriff’s Office is working with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration on the accident investigation.
Although the Orlando area has some of the world’s most famous amusement parks that draw millions of visitors each year, each summer, our state has lots of smaller carnivals and other traveling amusement parks that move from one location to another at country fairs and other events. These smaller traveling amusement parks are fun and relatively inexpensive, but they are also more dangerous, according to the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). The IAAPA reports that there were at least 1,086 ride-related injuries in amusement park accidents in Florida and across the country in 2009.