Cedar Point Amusement Park in Sandusky, Ohio, faces penalties of more than $142,000 for safety violations that federal investigators said contributed to the serious injury of a park employee.
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the injury occurred on April 11 when a three-person crew was working on top of a structure to remove insulating blankets and covers from the roof.
One of the employees crashed through a skylight on the roof and fell 13 feet to the concrete floor below. OSHA didn’t say what the nature of the worker’s injuries was but described them as “serious” and said Cedar Point should have had measures in place to prevent such an accident from occurring.
OSHA cited Cedar Point for one willful violation for failing to ensure that each of the employees was protected from falling through any hole, including skylights, that sits more than four feet above the surface.
OSHA considers willful violations to be the most serious type of violation an employer can make. The agency cited the amusement park $129,336 – the maximum penalty for a willful violation — for that one oversight.
The agency also proposed the maximum penalty of $12,934 for one serious violation concerning park’s failure to ensure the injured employee received proper training in recognizing and avoiding.
“Falls like this are preventable if employers provide required fall protection systems when employees work at elevated heights, or near floor and wall openings,” said OSHA Toledo Area Office Director Kimberly Nelson in a release.
After transportation-related deaths, falls are the top cause of death on the job, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Falling hazards, lack of fall protection, and inadequate fall-prevention training are the most commonly cited violations by OHSA inspectors.