Posted Tuesday, December 30, 2014 9:37 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Following the collapse of a teenage worker at Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom, the amusement park's parent company has been cited with failing to protect employees from heat hazards and illness, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday. A $7,000 fine has been proposed, and the park has 15 business days to respond.
Read more from The Express-Times.
Having worked at Cedar Point, I think it is a really good thing that a Cedar Fair park is being forced to take measures to prevent heat exhaustion. Standing on the Paddlewheel Excursions dock without an umbrella to block the sun on a hot day was pretty terrible. They finally gave the ride one after a few heat-related incidents at other rides, if I recall correctly.
Is $7,000 a meaningful fine?
For a small business, perhaps. I'd assume that this was more of a it's the thought that counts kind of fine, with subsequent violations hitting harder- but according to the article, that's as costly as a serious violation will get.
In a related story, Cedar Fair has announced that Kings Island will be sending a used icebox to Dorney just in time for the 2015 season.
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