Roller Coaster Accident May Result In Injured Worker Claim

June 19, 2015
Sacks & Zolonz, LLP
Work Injury

Amusement parks are a place made for fun and carefree time spent with family and friends. However, it can also be a dangerous place if one is not aware of his or her surroundings. This is why employers should always properly train workers to conduct themselves carefully when working around roller coasters. Failure to do so can result in a workplace accident and possibly an injured worker claim in California.

It is possible that one amusement park employee failed to adhere to safety precautions and ended up being injured in a roller coaster accident recently. The incident occurred one evening in mid-June when the employee walked into the roller coaster’s path. Apparently, the man was attempting to retrieve a cellphone that had been dropped by one of the riders of the roller coaster.

The worker has reportedly suffered traumatic injuries as a result of the collision. The worker was dragged approximately 10 to 15 feet after being hit by the roller coaster. One passenger also reported suffering a hand injury. Officials from the amusement park do not believe the roller coaster had malfunctioned, but they are now working alongside state and local authorities to further investigate.

The authorities, just like in any other serious workplace accident involving an injured worker claim in California, will be looking to see if any safety violations may have occurred. They may also be examining the company’s safety training curriculum for workers. If work safety officials decide that the training was inadequate or that there were some other types of safety violations present, this may result in citations against the employer. Regardless, the injured employee should be able to file for workers compensation.

Source:, “Roller coaster accident leaves 2 injured at California’s Great America in Santa Clara“, Cornelle Barnard, June 13, 2015

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