LOGANVILLE - A state agency shut down a carnival ride Wednesday in Loganville, a day after a man was injured after falling from the ride.
The Georgia Department of Labor's Division of Safety Engineering has discontinued operations of the Swinger ride, owned by Loganville-based McNair Amusements, according to a statement.
"We will complete a preliminary investigation into the
incident and issue findings by Friday, July 11," the statement reads. "When the department is satisfied that the ride can be operated safely, it will be permitted to return to operation."
Lisa McNair, an owner of McNair Amusements, said she has owned the ride since 1974, and this is the first accident that has ever happened. The ride has passed regular inspections and has met all manufacturers' specifications, she said. The ride was last permitted on April 23, she said.
"We've never had anything like this to happen, and we never want anything like this to happen again," McNair said.
McNair said the accident was a "freak thing" that happened as the ride was coming to a halt. She said the swings are connected to a center pole by four chains, and one of the chains broke.
Authorities have not determined exactly what caused the man, who has not been identified, to fall from the ride. McNair said the momentum of the ride caused the man to fall forward about 10 feet. She said the man remained conscious after the fall.
Gwinnett County authorities transported the man Tuesday evening to Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. Hospital officials said he was in fair condition Wednesday afternoon.
McNair said the company has been in business for 45 years and has always been focused on safety. She said the carnival has traveled throughout the Atlanta area but is settling permanently at its current location at U.S. Highway 78 and Old Loganville Road.
"We're extremely sorry this happened," McNair said. "We've never had an accident of this nature."
The carnival is still open to the public, McNair said.