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Haunted house performer suffers shocking injury

Last week, our blog discussed how workers employed in more unorthodox professions and/or seasonable jobs are equally - if not more susceptible - to serious work injuries than those employed in more traditional work settings. In particular, we focused on haunted houses, where performers are often afflicted with muscle tears, ankle sprains, broken noses, bite marks and other bodily trauma.

In recent developments, newspapers across the country are now discussing a rather horrific injury that befell a haunted house performer in a St. Louis suburb.

According to reports, a 17-year-old girl who was working at Creepyworld in Fenton, Missouri, was found hanging unconscious in a prop noose by a security supervisor making rounds to check on the safety of park employees last Thursday evening.

Preliminary police reports indicate that the girl appears to have slipped off the tub on which she was standing and became entangled in the prop noose.

"How she wound up in there is still under investigation," said Captain Ron Arnhart of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. "Right now, it looks like an unfortunate accident."

Fortunately, the security supervisor was able to cut the girl down from the noose and revive her. Emergency personnel were summoned thereafter and the girl was taken to a nearby hospital, where she was placed in the intensive care unit (ICU).

She is now out of the ICU and recovering from her work injuries.

It remains unclear whether any state and/or federal investigations regarding potential workplace safety violations have been initiated.

Creepyworld is described as a theme park with seven haunted houses. For a fee of $23, guests walk around a park - designed to look like a small town destroyed by a disaster - as actors scare them both on the grounds and in the haunted houses.

Stay tuned for further developments in the area of workers' compensation defense law ...

This post was provided for informational purposes only and is not to be construed as legal advice.


The Boston Herald, "Teen worker at Halloween haunted house found caught in noose" Oct. 29, 2011

Reuters, "Teen in recovery from accidental haunted house hanging" Nov. 2, 2011

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