U.S. Department of Labor Cites Ohio Amusement Park After Employee Seriously Injured in Fall
SANDUSKY, OH – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Cedar Fair LP – which operates as Cedar Point – for failing to protect workers from fall hazards after an employee suffered serious injuries at its Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park. The company faces proposed penalties of $142,270 for one willful and one serious safety violation, the maximum penalties allowed under the law.
OSHA inspectors determined the injured employee fell through a skylight while working as part of a three-person crew to remove insulating blankets and covers from a roof. OSHA also cited the company for failing to train employees to recognize fall hazards.
"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.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to help ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.