Today just before 11:30 a.m., officers and fire fighters of the HDPS responded to the parking lot area of the Holland Civic Center, where the rides for the carnival were being assembled, on a report of a subject who had fallen while assembling one of the carnival rides.
First responders located the injured victim, a 27 male, who is an employee of Skerbeck Entertainment Group, the Carnival operator, on the ground near the Ferris wheel.
Based on the preliminary investigation, it appears the injured victim had been climbing an extension ladder while assembling the Ferris wheel when he lost his footing and fell from the ladder. He told first responders that he had his safety harness on, but it failed to stop his fall. During the fall he struck components of the Ferris wheel.
AMR Paramedics successfully stabilized the victim but, based on the nature of the injuries, he was air-lifted to Spectrum Health by West Michigan Air Care with serious, but non-life threatening injuries.
Skerbeck Entertainment Group operates the carnival as part of the Tulip Time festival.