An investigation into what caused the death of a man working on a Ferris wheel that had undergone repairs could take several months, a Cal-OSHA representative said Monday.
Roy Taylor, 47, of Sacramento died when he was crushed by one of the tubs that passengers ride in when the wheel collapsed Saturday afternoon. Taylor was employed by California Carnival Co. of Sacramento, which owned the Ferris wheel.
According to rescue workers, the carnival ride had been repaired at Fluid Tech Hydraulics, 8432 Tioga Woods Drive in the Florin area. Taylor and another employee of California Carnival were apparently disassembling it when it fell suddenly, trapping the two men. The other employee, who was not identified, suffered rib injuries and was taken to a local hospital.
His condition was not available Monday.
A manager at Fluid Tech declined to talk about the accident Monday.
California Carnival could not be reached for comment.
Cal-OSHA opened an investigation into the accident, which is routine, said Erika Monterroza, a spokeswoman for the industrial safety agency.
California Carnival operates family amusement rides and other carnival attractions for smaller venues such as shopping centers in the northern and central parts of the state. The company does not appear to have any violations on record with Cal-OSHA or federal work safety regulators.