Fairground worker plummets to death while fixing Ferris wheel at amusement park

A fairground worker tragically died after falling while fixing a Ferris wheel at an amusement park.

Robert Sanger, 62, plummeted to his death on Monday (May 2) at around 10.30am (local time) at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier in Ocean City, New Jersey, USA.

The Cargo Tech International subcontractor fell from a lift whilst working on the attraction.

Ocean City Fire Department EMTs were called to the amusement park at 10.32am, according to city spokesperson Doug Bergen.

He was rushed to the nearby Shore Medical Center where he was sadly pronounced dead.

City officials said that the horrific incident is being investigated by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, according to The Press of Atlantic City.

So far, it isn't clear how Sanger came to fall from the lift.

Jay Gillian, both president of Gillian’s Wonderland Pier and Mayor of Ocean City, confirmed Sanger's passing in a statement.

He said: "We are saddened to report that an employee of a subcontractor working on a lift at Gillian’s Wonderland Pier suffered a fatal injury Monday morning.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family. We are cooperating with all appropriate authorities to thoroughly investigate the cause of this tragic accident. As we get more information we will provide it."

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Gillian is currently running for re-election as Mayor of Ocean City but announced yesterday that he was "suspending all campaign activity effective immediately" in light of the tragedy.

The Press of Atlantic City report that Gillian’s Wonderland Pier remained shut on Monday afternoon, but that there was no sign any work was underway.

“Crime Scene Do Not Cross” signs were visible near to the Ferris wheel, as was a blue lift with its platform set at an angle.

The platform appeared roughly 15 feet from the ground but it could not be determined whether it was the same lift from which Sanger fell.

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