On March 26, an accident interrupted preparations at the Knoebels Amusement Resort in Northumberland County. Rising 99 feet above the ground, the brand new roller coaster, which is known as the Impulse, is the largest attraction in the park’s history. It was being tested when the accident happened, said a spokesperson for the resort.
Reports say that a moving car on the coaster’s track hit a worker in the head when he was standing by the track at its lowest point. The worker’s family stated that man’s hand was broken and that he needed staples in his head. However, a CT scan did not reveal any other serious injuries.
The area where the man was standing when struck is not accessible to visitors. Even so, park officials have put testing on hold while they figure out how to resume operations safely.
If an individual is injured while on duty, workers’ compensation insurance might cover the cost of his treatment. Generally, most employers are required to carry this insurance so that people who suffer workplace injuries are protected from possible financial problems that might stem from medical bills or an inability to work. Reporting the accident to the employer is necessary to obtain benefits, but documentation and other filing requirements are sometimes burdensome for injured workers. A person in that situation has the option of working with an attorney who might be able to ensure that the application is completed correctly. If a claim is denied, an attorney might also prepare an appeal. Advice from an attorney could also help someone assess whether or not he or she is receiving all the benefits that should apply to the injury and recovery period.
Source: NBC Philadelphia, “Worker Struck, Injured While Testing Knoebels Roller Coaster“, March 26, 2015