Friday 20 October 2017

Man rushed to hospital after being hit by part of roller coaster at Cork funfair

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Cathal McMahon and Ralph Riegel

A carnival worker has been rushed to hospital in a critical condition after being struck by part of a rollercoaster this morning.

Independent.ie has learned that the man, who is in his 30s, was constructing the amusement ride in Cork City when the accident took place.

A spokesman for the Health and Safety Authority said: "He was involved in the construction a roller coaster this morning when he was on the back of a vehicle, he fell from the vehicle and a metal beam fell after him and injured him."

Emergency services were called to the scene on Pearse Road and the man was taken by ambulance to hospital.

Sources said he was taken to hospital in a critical condition. However, his condition improved this afternoon.

A spokesman for the HSA confirmed that they were contacted about the incident shortly before 10am.

"We have been notified and inspectors have been sent to the scene," he added.

The roller coaster is one of the attractions being presented by Funderland at their new location on Tramore Road, Cork.

Funderland issued a statement on Friday in relation to the incident.

"During the assembly of a roller coaster this morning an employee fell from a trailer used to transport components of the attraction.

"He was taken by Ambulance to Cork University Hospital where his injuries are currently being assessed. We have been informed that he has fractures and injuries to his hand and leg and hopefully should be released later today.

"The Gardai attended and the Health & Safety Authority have arrived on site to carry out a thorough investigation."

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