HAMBURG, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Department of Labor has ruled operator error caused an accident on a ride Wednesday night at the Erie County Fair.
A 12-year-old girl fell 10 feet from the Sky Flyer, injuring her arm. The girl was not secured and as the swings began to rise, she attempted to hang on. But when the swings got around 10 feet off the ground, she let go.
The Department of Labor found no issues with the ride and says the operator error has been corrected.
Jimmy Strates, Director of Operations for Strates Shows, says the person running the Sky Flyer thought everyone had been checked before starting the ride around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. But Strates says some of the riders had moved further along the circle as the operator made his rounds.
The Sky Flyer now has an extra employee to make sure all riders are secure.
“It wasn’t so much an admission, an accurate admission that was faulty, it was a circumstances that occurred simultaneously and the way we’re going to correct that is by adding more people and changing the positions of those attendants and making sure that they don’t return. By returning, they’re moving and you could potentially create a moving blind spot. What we’re going to do is have them return to stationary positions and then give hand signals instead of rotating, give verbal all clears,” Strates said.
The ride rises to 80 feet. The Sky Flyer is very similar to the swings at Martin’s Fantasy Island, where one person was injured when the ride came to a sudden stop.