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Carnival company fined after worker from Columbus dies in NC

 

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) - A Georgia company faces a $27,000 fine for safety violations after a carnival worker from Columbus was killed in North Carolina while dismantling a Ferris wheel in May.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Tuesday that the North Carolina Labor Department cited Event Coordinators Inc. of Augusta, Ga., for 12 serious violations related to the accident in Greensboro. The company has 15 days to appeal.

Investigators said 42-year-old Michael Douglas Cook, of Columbus, Ga., was killed in the early-morning fall at the end of a six-day carnival.

State worker safety investigators said they found a fitting failed on a wire cable being used to take apart the wheel. That allowed part of the wheel to fall and hit a 40-foot-high walkway and an elevated basket holding a second worker.

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