Posted Monday, June 17, 2013 9:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff
The family of a 22-year old former Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom employee struck and killed by a car last summer has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the driver and the South Whitehall Township amusement park's parent company. Zhen Li, of Tianjin, China, was hired to work at the park through a temporary work visa and had all work and housing arrangements set up through California-based recruiting company CCUSA Inc., which is also listed as a defendant in the suit.
Read more from The Express-Times.
I somewhat agree. What does her status as an employee have to do with the accident? This could have easily been any other employee. Though, I wonder how much info the park gives to their employees about their safety when It comes to being outside the park as well as in? Especially when they are lodging them in route to the park. Why was this person walking anyways? What, is the park too cheap to make sure that their employees get safely back and forth to where they are housing them? I think if they are housing them, they should also look after them there.
It wasn't too long ago that an employee at Michigan's Adventure was struck and killed by a car while leaving the park. (Not sure if they were leaving work, or on their way there) Though, MA is on a country road, and there are no cross walks, and the road itself is very narrow, and the only place to walk is at the edge of the road. There are no sidewalks or anything there. But, MA doesn't house it's employees either, as far as I know. If they did, I wouldn't know where.
I wonder how Cedar Point deals with it's mass of employees. I certainly would not want to walk down the causeway if I worked there. Might end up getting struck and thrown into Sandusky bay or lake Erie, and never bee seen again. Sometimes being in bumper to bumper traffic on the causeway is bad enough. I couldn't imagine walking.
Walking on the Cedar Point causeway is against the law. As far a transporting employees to and from the park from housing, they have buses that run regularly. At park closing, they can get quite crowded.
One thing that I had a hard time with is if an employee was late due to the buses running late or a bus being broke down, it was still counted against the employee. That just didn't seem right, because if the park is going to take responsibility to transport the employees to work, they should be responsible for getting them there on time.
One great thing about the employee bus system was that they also provided transportation to the Sandusky Mall, Meijer (WHY PAY MORE), and Walmart. I think that they also had a nighttime route to one of the gay bars in town. It was nice to go shopping and see a movie on your day off and not have to get in your own car or look for a ride sometimes.
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