OSHA Cites California Theme Park After Worker DeathBy Kenton Koszdin Law Office on February 2, 2016 | In Workplace Injury
The owner/operator of a California theme park has been found at fault for a roller coaster accident that resulted in serious injuries to a ride mechanic last summer. The Occupational Safety Health Administration (OSHA) cited California’s Great America theme park for the accident that resulted in critical injuries to a 66-year-old mechanic on June 12, 2015.
Officials with OSHA say the amusement park owner/operator failed to have safety protocols in place to ensure that the coaster was shut down while lost articles were being retrieved. Furthermore, the company failed to train workers how to shut down the ride to retrieve lost articles.
The employer responsible for the accident was issued eight workplace safety violation citations, totaling $70,200. Five of the citations involved serious safety violations and two were directly related to the accident. Serious citations are reserved for situations in which an employee can suffer serious injury or death.
All employers have a legal responsibility to provide reasonably safe condition for their employees. This includes making sure the location where they work is safe and that they are trained in safety protocols. When there is a failure to provide safety devices or to train employees regarding how to avoid these types of accidents, there are often tragic consequences.
Injured employees can seek compensation for their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages by pursuing workers’ compensation benefits. Additional compensation may be available in cases in which negligence was a contributing factor in the accident. A Los Angeles workers’ compensation attorney can help workers and their families understand their options in such cases and assist them with recovering maximum compensation for their losses.
Kenton Koszdin Law Office has helped many injured workers pursue workers’ compensation claims. Let us help you. Call us at (800) 438-7734.