OSHA CRACKS DOWN ON CONNECTICUT AMUSEMENT PARK

John M. Williams (williams@rkwtlaw.com)

Being an amusement park worker, or "carny" in the vernacular, has long been associated with a certain dreary image. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration adds to that reputation with its recent enforcement action at the Lake Compounce Family Theme Park in Bristol, Connecticut. This enforcement action is another example of the potentially significant penalties employers face for violations of OSHA work place safety regulations.

On January 26, 2016, OSHA issued a press release announcing $70,200.00 in proposed penalties at the park related to the alleged exposure of employees to hazardous chemicals with the potential to cause chemical burns. OSHA also cited conditions related to alleged electrical and respirator hazards.

The park has 15 days to contest the citations and penalties and request a hearing on the merits. A park spokesperson states that the park is working with OSHA and declined to comment on the specifics of the allegations.

©RAJKOVICH, WILLIAMS, KILPATRICK & TRUE, PLLC 2016

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