Ride worker killed in accident at South Carolina fair

Posted Wednesday, October 22, 2008 12:22 AM | Contributed by SFGAdv lover

Officials say an employee contracted to work at the South Carolina State Fair, 49-year-old Jeffry Doucleff, was behind the ride known as the Inverter when he was hit by its counterweight, killing him instantly. The reason for him being there is not clear.

Read more from WIS/Columbia, SC.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 12:38 AM

Very sad. He had kids...

Just one moment of not paying attention and it's all over for him. Why would he be that close to the ride while it is operating? Couldn't he "take measurements" after the rides were closed for the night?

So, who's the first person going to be to say it?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 12:40 AM

LostKause said:
So, who's the first person going to be to say it?

Darwin Award or People Are Stupid™?

Because I have dibs on both. :)

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008 8:57 PM

A later article indicates that he was apparently trying to retrieve a tape measure.

I had expected that he was after "ground score". Either way, it wasn't worth getting into the path of a moving ride.

Gotta respect rides. They don't respect people.

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008 5:42 AM

Dave, the same could be said anbout any piece of equipment.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008 10:19 AM

"ground score?" Sorry, Dave, I don't get it. What is that?

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Thursday, October 23, 2008 11:42 AM

That's anything that falls out of pockets, etc during the 
ride cycle and winds up on the footprint of the ride.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008 11:44 AM

$$$ & ¢¢¢.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008 9:23 PM

Well...duh to me. Can't believe I couldn't figure that out. Thanks, guys.

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Thursday, October 23, 2008 10:42 PM

Hopman: True, but some form of that has been in my Usenet signature since 2003...

--Dave Althoff, Jr.

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Friday, October 24, 2008 8:25 AM

Hopman said:
Dave, the same could be said anbout any piece of equipment.

But a drill press doesn't conveniently move out of the way to allow you access to a crush zone.

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Friday, October 24, 2008 8:33 AM

But it can catch your sleeve and can break your wrist, if you are not paying attention.

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Friday, October 24, 2008 12:12 PM

This 'attack of the machines' discussion seems like it belongs in the Terminator thread. ;)

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