Dorney Park being investigated by OSHA

Posted Tuesday, August 4, 2015 8:39 AM | Contributed by LostKause

The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration is investigating Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom after an employee was hospitalized in July. The inspection detail posted online states the case was opened July 22 at the amusement park and focuses on health-related issues.

Read more from The Morning Call.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 9:15 PM

Was the employee bla....No, wait...this ain't the spot ;)

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015 9:50 PM

It would appear that it's another heat exhaustion case. Too much asphalt and not enough shade. Too much time in an exposed position without relief perhaps

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 12:22 AM

If they'd cover the danged park in solar panels on poles, then they could generate power AND provide shade. Win-win, obviously.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 12:38 AM

I hesitated even submitting this to news because of how little information was in the article. I'm guessing that most of this conversation will be speculation.

I am assuming that it was another heat exhaustion thing too.

Cedar Point allowed water cooler dispensers when I worked there. One of the morning chores was to go to a nearby food stand and fill it up with ice. We would then bring it back to the ride location and fill it with water from the hose. On a hot day, we would repeat that in the afternoon.

The Paddlewheel Excursion dock would get very hot. They did provide us with a small umbrella to sit under one year. It was awfully small for such a big area of concrete, and only one person could stand under it at a time.

Camp Snoopy had some shady areas to work under in most places. We rotated from ride to ride so we weren't stuck in direct sunlight for long, most of the time.

The secret to not getting sick with heat exhaustion, as most of us here know, is drinking lots of water. Cedar Point allowed us to also drink Gatorade or Powerade in front of guests. If Dorney is not supplying shade for their employees in certain areas, it would be very easy to fix to a potentially big problem. Fixing this could range from designing a shady area to setting up an umbrella.

Cedar Fair wasn't well known for caring about their employees much when I worked there though. They are tightwads. A few hundred dollars for an umbrella to keep employees from getting sick is not a priority over saving that $200 to add to the bottom line, as far as I have seen from the company. That was many years ago, however.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 10:28 AM

Do they carry water bottles there? I think it has become part of the uniform for Disney employees now. It's remarkable how many people working outside routinely have a water bottle hanging from their costume belt.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015 3:59 PM

Can't vouch for any of this, having never been an employee. I would think though, that a brightly colored, attractive looking water bottle being sported by an employee would actually be an advertisement to the patrons. They should have the employees carry those $9.99 all season refill bottles as their personal water bottles. However, those things will warm up quickly compared to a giant water cooler filled with ice water.

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