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Circus Performers Critically Injured in Aerial Stunt

Steve Wagner

Three performers remain critically injured, and five others are suffering minor injuries after an accident at the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus last Monday. According to the report released by the public safety official, a clamp that held the performers in the air during an aerial performance failed, sending all eight of them plummeting to the ground.

The act is one these performers have done many times, and never before had any problems executing. Part of the “Legends” show, the performers hang from the rope device by their hair, like a “human chandelier.” The accident happened during Sunday’s show at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. in front of a crowd of over 3,900.

According to witnesses, the metal frame which the performers were hanging came loose, and the eight women involved in the act fell between 25 and 40 feet each, landing on the dancer who was on the floor below them.

We hope to update you when we hear further reports of the cause of the accident. OSHA is currently investigating, and will hopefully release a report soon.

If you or a loved one have been injured in a work accident, the work comp lawyers at Wagner Reese can assist you in your recovery. Call us today for more information on our services, and to schedule a free consultation.


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