Following an investigation into the death of an Adventureland worker in June, federal regulators allege that the amusement park broke Iowa law by failing to create a safe work environment.
The 68-year-old victim from Oklahoma had recently taken a job at the park and was helping riders exit rafts on a popular water ride when the movement of a conveyor belt caused him to fall. He later died of his injuries.
As a result of the investigation, the Iowa Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Adventureland $4,500 in the death of the worker, the maximum the agency could impose for the violation.
In addition to the fine, Iowa OSHA recommended changes which include the implementation of engineering controls that would prevent the conveyor belt from moving while workers are still loading and unloading passengers. Investigators also raised questions regarding the amusement park’s training requirements.
According to OSHA’s federal database, 10 workers were killed on the job at amusement parks between the years of 2011 to 2014 across the country. Unfortunately, many more workers are injured, sometimes fatally, performing their duties in other industries every day.
Under federal and state law, employers are required to provide a safe work environment. If you or a family member is injured at work, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits or have grounds to file a personal injury or wrongful death claim in order to get the compensation you need for you and your family. Contact the Law Offices of Stoltze & Stoltze PLC for help if you are injured at your Iowa workplace.
Source: The Des Moines Regsiter, “Adventureland Fined $4,500 in Worker’s Death”, by Kevin Hardy and Joel Aschbrenner, August 29, 2016.