Proposed penalties in Vortex ride accident announced

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The North Carolina Labor Department has released findings and proposed fines in reference to the Vortex ride accident that injured several people last year at the State Fair.

The accident occurred on Oct. 24, 2013. The ride stopped and as people were getting off it lunged back in motion sending some falling 20 feet onto the ride’s metal platform.

The ride’s operator, Tim Tutterow, was arrested after it was determined he tampered with safety features.

The ride’s owner, Josh Macaroni, was later arrested and charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon.

On Wednesday, the Labor Department announced that it cited both Family Attractions Amusement, LLC — which is owned by Macaroni’s parents, Dominic and Ruby Macaroni — and Macaroni for two alleged willful violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of North Carolina that total $56,000, according to WTVD.

They have 15 days to request an informal conference with the Labor Department, to file a notice of contest with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission of North Carolina, or to pay the penalty.

The Labor Department cited Family Attractions $900, Macaroni $600, and Tutterrow $350 for various violations for the issuance of civil penalties under the Amusement Device Safety Act of North Carolina, WTVD reported.

The four people who claim they were injured in the accident, filed a $150 million lawsuit earlier this month in Durham County.

Click here to read the Labor Department’s full report.

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