MI: 22-Year-Old Loses Leg Maintaining Carnival Ride

11 Jun, 2019 Liz Carey


Owosso, MI (WorkersCompensation.com) – A 22-year-old man was injured over the weekend when he slipped on the ride he was working on.

According to reports, Nicholas Chapman was working on the Fireball ride at the Owosso-Curwood Festival Saturday when he injured his leg. An employee of the Skerbeck Family Carnival, Chapman was sent to Hurley Medical Center where his leg was amputated.

No additional information about the injury or the cause of the accident was immediately available.

According to a statement from the Skerbeck Family, Chapman will be covered by the company’s workers’ compensation insurance policy.

“Our hearts and prayers go out with him. We’re a family here and that’s not just my family; but all of our employees are around him, we’re just hoping for the best," said Bob Skerbeck, operations manager of Skerbeck Family Carnival.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. You never want to see anyone injured, much less our own citizens,” said Dave Minarik, president of the Curwood Festival Board of Directors.

Jeannie Vogel, public information officer with the Michigan’s Licensing and Insurance Bureau said in an interview with WorkersCompensation.com that the accident was being investigated but said she could not provide any details into an open investigation. It was not immediately clear whether or not the Skerbeck Family Carnival had any previous incidents that had come to MiOSHA’s attention.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are 3.8 injuries or illnesses reported for amusement and recreation employees for every 100 employees working. The national average for nonfatal injuries and illnesses is 2.8 cases per 100 workers. In 2017, the last year for which data is available, there were 52 deaths reported for amusement and recreation workers.


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