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Carnivals Push for Gains, Not SafetyWhile county fairs and carnivals held throughout the summer bring enjoyable fun, Ferris wheels and roller coasters, many hidden dangers may be lurking behind these entertaining attractions. This is because many summer carnival companies hire seasonal migrant workers who labor grueling hours under conditions that could threaten the safety and health of customers and workers alike.

Grueling Work Schedules

There are hundreds of traveling carnivals offering attractions to fill the midways of many state and county fairs all across North America. Most of them stay in business by hiring legal immigrants who often operate machinery 14 or more hours every day of the week. This heavy work schedule often leads to exhaustion, placing attraction ride patrons and the worker in great peril.

Car accidents and pregnancyWhen a woman is pregnant, chances are that she is going to receive countless tidbits of information about what might be good or bad for her and her child. However, despite the fact that many people mean well, sometimes they provide inaccurate advice. One of the most common misunderstandings is that pregnant women should avoid seat belts. However, research suggests that this is in fact not the case.

Not an isolated incident

According to the statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), almost 6,400 Americans are injured in car crashes every day. Yet it is possible to reduce the risk of a fatal accident or serious injury by as much as 50 percent when the driver or passenger wears a seatbelt.

Children riding a roller coasterMany parents and citizens of Illinois may be surprised to learn how little scrutiny the state gives the amusement rides that small children ride are allowed to ride on. Although there are product safety standards from everything from strollers to highchairs that are either stationary or are under the control of an adult, the state leaves many of the safety standards of these amusement rides up to the manufacturers discretion.

Illinois Boy Dies On Roller Coaster

Last year, a three-year old boy died after he fell from a roller coaster in Norridge. Although he met the amusement park and roller coaster manufacturers height requirements to ride without an adult, he was able to get free of the restraints and fell from the car and was struck by the roller coaster. The state inspector from Illinois’ Labor Department found that the accident was a “patron error” and that the amusement park and manufacturer was not to blame.