About 40 Indiana Beach workers protest the amusement park's owners

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For some workers at Indiana Beach, generations of summer fun ended when a New York-based company bought the park from the family that had owned it since the 1920s. Some 40 workers walked off the job last week in protest of what they say are safety shortcuts and shabby treatment by new owners — the first labor unrest anyone can recall at the Monticello, Ind., park.

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janfrederick's avatar

Man, that's too bad. Hopefully the current seemingly uninterested owners will see it to a better operator before we have the chance to make it back.

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Jason Hammond's avatar

I'm not sure how they can still be claiming the safety issues when the state was already in there and gave them the seal of approval.

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CoasterDemon's avatar

As a customer, I didn't really see safety issues. All the 'broken' seats were closed off. I see them as closed off seats. Low capacity. UN-necessarily long lines at a place that is known for little to no lines.

rollergator's avatar

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Timber-Rider's avatar

I wouldn't think that 40 people would just walk off a job for no reason. It's obvious to me that those workers know something that the general public doesn't. And, just because a park or carnival has been inspected doesn't mean it is 100 percent safe. Many rides that have passed safety inspections have had major accidents. take the Chaos ride at Michigan's Adventure, it passed inspection and fell apart, sending lots of people to the hospital.

I don't think the the new owners of the park are going to flinch at this walk-off. They have shown they are going to do whatever they want with the park, and, it is clear that they are not as interested in it's history or it's long term employees as they are in making money. I kind of figured this was going to happen, especially when the prices at the park almost tripled when the new owners took over. Not surprised.

WildStangAlex's avatar

There was an inspection, and yes, all the rides did pass. But the inspectors don't hide out in the park and see what goes on on a daily basis. There are a lot of shortcuts taken, to save money. The inspections are very basic, they want to see the ride run, they want to make sure all emergency stops work, and that everything appears to be in tact. They don't do thorough walk throughs of the rides, checking every piece of track or equipment.

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