Haunted Hayride Accident Raises Questions About Safety and Child Labor Laws at Seven Cedar Farms
On Saturday night, a 14-year-old girl was seriously injured during a haunted hayride at Seven Cedar Farms in Smithfield. The incident has raised concerns about possible safety violations and child labor law violations by the farm.
Possible Safety Violations
The initial investigation by BBB Attorneys of Connecticut indicates the possibility of serious safety violations and a lack of appropriate training by Seven Cedar Farms. The cause of the incident is still being assessed, but the girl was trapped under a trailer carrying visitors on a hayride. Customers and employees had to lift the trailer off the girl, who suffered a leg injury as well as apparent internal injuries.
Following the accident, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) opened an inspection of the farm to determine whether there were any violations of OSHA Safety standards. OSHA has six months to complete the investigation, which will provide insight into the safety practices of Seven Cedar Farms.
Possible Violations of Child Labor Laws
Bowman also raised concerns about potential violations of child labor laws by Seven Cedar Farms. The girl was working as an actor at the haunted hayride during the incident. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) sets guidelines for the employment of minors under the age of 18, including restrictions on the types of work they can perform and the hours they can work.
It remains unclear whether Seven Cedar Farms violated any child labor laws. However, with the help of BBB Attorneys of Connecticut, the family of the injured girl is committed to investigating potential violations and advocating for change so that similar incidents never happen again to another child.
The Farm’s Response
Seven Cedar Farms posted a message on Facebook Sunday announcing that it would be closed for the rest of the season and would refund tickets. However, the farm has not yet responded to messages regarding this incident.
The Family’s Request for Privacy
The family of the injured girl appreciates the outpouring of support from family, friends, and the community. They have been overwhelmed and thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers. However, the family is asking for privacy during this difficult time.
This incident serves as a reminder of the importance of following safety regulations and child labor laws in all industries, including agriculture and entertainment. It also highlights the need for thorough investigations and possible changes to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future.
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