OSHA proposes $7,000 fine to Dorney Park for "heat hazards"

Posted | 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.

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LostKause's avatar

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.

ApolloAndy's avatar

Is $7,000 a meaningful fine?

Hobbes: "What's the point of attaching a number to everything you do?"
Calvin: "If your numbers go up, it means you're having more fun."

Walk-Off HBP's avatar

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.

The trick was to surrender to the flow.

sws's avatar

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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