Busch Gardens Employee Injured on the Job

The St. Petersburg Times  reported on July 19, 2009 that an employee was injured on the job at Busch Gardens. The injured employee was a 20 year old USF football player, Maikon Bonani, who fell 35 feet from a ride at the theme park. The injury occurred while Bonani was working as an attendant at the Skyride and suspected that one of the gondola doors was not properly locked as it began to take off. He held onto the door to check it while the gondola was heading out of the station and beginning to travel over the theme park. After the gondola traveled about 50 feet, Bonani fell 35 feet onto the ground. It was reported that Bonani was taken to the hospital after his fall but did not sustain any life threatening injuries.

The spokeswoman for Busch Gardens said that it is standard procedure to call for an ambulance when someone is injured, and to call the police if there is any sort of criminal aspect. Since Bonani was injured while working and no criminal activity was involved, the police were not called. Bonani was treated for his injuries after the accident at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

The St. Petersburg Times reported that Bonani is originally from Brazil and moved to Florida when he was 11 years old.  It was at that time that he learned English.  He played football in high school where he was the Valedictorian of his senior class, and went onto to USF to continue his education and play as a kicker for the USF football team. A coach for USF’s football program, Jim Leavitt, made a statement expressing the USF football program’s relief that Bonani’s injuries were not life threatening.

Although not all on the job injuries involve a 35 foot fall, injuries on the job happen on a daily basis, and many people are not aware of their rights. If you are injured on the job, you should report your injury immediately to your employer, regardless of how severe your injuries may be. If your claim is denied, contact the personal injury attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes for a free consultation to find out more about your rights. We see you through.

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