After finding it exposed employees to various chemicals and carcinogens, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Lake Compounce amusement park of Bristol, Conn., more than $70,000 in proposed penalties for 18 “serious” violations.
According to NBC Connecticut, OSHA inspected Lake Compounce recently only to find that workers were regularly exposed to hazardous chemicals – all posing chemical, respiratory and burn risks. OSHA found Lake Compounce employees were asked to spray paint new coatings on park equipment, as well as work with unsafe chemicals in the amusement park’s paint room, all without proper chemical training or eye and hand protection. Even when OSHA investigators tested the employees’ ability to wear respirators and gain access to respirator training, they were unsuccessful.
OSHA uncovered several more violations related to improper disposal of flammable waste, failure to keep spark-producing tools out of a flammable spray booth, and failure to ground electrical equipment correctly.
“These conditions exposed Lake Compounce Family Theme Park employees to serious burn, fire, chemical burn, electric shock and eye, face and hand injuries. The employer must act promptly to effectively eliminate these hazards before they injure its employees,” OSHA’s area director in Hartford, Conn., Warren Simpson said in a statement about the Lake Compounce’s inspection.
Now facing a total of $70,200 in proposed penalties, Lake Compounce must answer within 15 business days from receipt to either agree to comply with OSHA’s findings and pay the fines, request a meeting with Mr. Simpson regarding the violations, or contest the claims altogether .
Lake Compounce released a statement regarding the OSHA inspection and how it plans to better its employee safety practices:
“… we feel it would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of the citation. At Lake Compounce, we care deeply for our employees, and safety is always our #1 concern for both our team members and our guests. As a large amusement park operation, we have an exceptional safety record. We look forward to continuing the dialogue with OSHA and hope to reach an amicable resolution, with employee safety always being the first concern.”