A popular family amusement park in Connecticut has been cited by federal safety regulators for 18 violations that endanger employees by exposing them to serious burn risks and other injuries.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated Lake Compounce Family Theme Park in Bristol, Conn. The 332-acre amusement park first opened in 1846 and is the oldest continuously operating amusement park in the U.S. The park is one of several theme parks and other attractions owned by Palace Entertainment of Newport Beach, Calif.
The park now faces $70,000 in civil penalties and has been ordered to fix safety hazards and bring deficiencies that could harm workers up to standard.
OSHA inspectors found that park employees who were spraying coatings on park equipment and working with caustic chemicals in the park’s paint room were being exposed to numerous hazards. Among the violations, park management was accused of failing to:
- Monitor workers’ exposure to hexavalent chromium and methylene chloride, both hazardous chemicals;
- Provide employees with proper training in handling hazardous chemicals;
- Complete a hazard assessment for protective equipment needed by workers;
- Provide required eye- and hand-washing facilities for the employees;
- Fit-test and determine employees’ ability to wear respirators and provide them with respirator training;
- Ground electrical equipment properly;
- Keep spark-producing tools out of a flammable spray booth;
- Dispose of flammable waste properly;
- Prevent flammable spraying when a ventilation system is inactive.
“These conditions exposed Lake Compounce Family Theme Park employees to serious burn, fire, chemical burn, electric shock and eye, face and hand injuries,” said Warren Simpson, OSHA’s area director in Hartford. “The employer must act promptly to effectively eliminate these hazards before they injure its employees.”
Source: U.S. Department of Labor