OWOSSO — The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration Tuesday confirmed it is investigating a workplace accident that caused an Owosso man to lose a leg.

Nick Chapman, 22, was severely injured Saturday while working for Skerbeck Family Carnival at the Curwood Festival in downtown Owosso.

According to a statement from the carnival company, Chapman was conducting “…a routine safety and maintenance check on the Fire Ball, before opening on 10:30 a.m. Saturday morning …”

Chapman’s right leg became trapped in the ride. He was transported to Hurley Medical Center in Flint where it was amputated.

State officials declined to comment on the investigation into the injury.

“The investigation at Skerbeck Family Carnival is open,” Public Information Officer Jeannie Vogel said via email. “MIOSHA cannot provide information on an open investigation. Typically, this type of investigation may take several weeks or months to complete.”

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