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Amusement park in Pennsylvania receives OSHA citations

Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced that Dorney Park & Wildwater Kingdom was cited for safety violations on Dec. 29 following a long investigation. OSHA began to look into the park in response to a complaint filed with the agency in June, which was associated with a teenage park employee who had purportedly collapsed while working.

The employee worked in a food stand inside of the park. The teen collapsed due to a heat-related illness and also suffered burns, according to OSHA. The investigation found that park workers, many of them teenagers, were routinely exposed to heat hazards. For its failure to implement adequate policies or procedures related to these hazards, the park received a violation with a maximum proposed fine of $7,000.

Additionally, the park's parent company, Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, received a violation carrying a $2,000 penalty for failing to keep required records. OSHA gave the company 15 days to respond to the problems cited. OSHA deemed the park's safety violation a serious one, meaning failure to address the issue may result in serious injury or death for workers.

Safety standards are regulated by OSHA in order to protect workers as a whole from hazards while at work. Individual employees who suffer an injury or illness while on the job may have another form of recourse.

Workers who are injured or who suffer a workplace illness are provided remedy by the state's mandate that employers participate in workers' compensation. It is intended to provide injured workers with medical and wage-loss compensation. Sometimes, however, an employer or the employer's insurance carrier will deny an injured worker's claim for benefits. In that event, the injured worker may benefit from discussing the case with a workers' compensation attorney.

Source: lehighvalleylive.com, "Dorney Park workers exposed to heat hazards; teen's collapse leads to citation, OSHA reports", Precious Petty, December 29, 2014

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