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Theme park employee injured while cleaning roller-coaster ride

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2012 | Workplace Accidents |

If you work at Elitch Gardens Theme Park you know how dangerous a roller coaster can be. There are a myriad of things that can cause a rider to become injured, and that is why it is so important for well-trained employees to protect the people coming to use the park. Of course, there are also considerable dangers to the staff, too.

Unfortunately, a contract worker at an out-of-state theme park is recovering in the hospital after he was injured while on the top of his theme park’s roller coaster. The 37-year-old employee had been cleaning the roof of the ride when his safety harness malfunctioned. Thankfully, the man stopped at the edge of the roof, but not before he had slid approximately 20 feet. From there, firefighters were called and rescued him from the edge of a much larger fall.

Though the fire marshal responsible for the rescue said that it was relatively easy to remove the injured employee from the roof, the employee still sustained moderate injuries. This likely means that he will not be able to work for some time and will accrue considerable medical debt as he recovers in the hospital. Had this accident happened in Denver, he would have been able to apply for Colorado workers’ compensation benefits.

This is also the second accident that has happened at this ride. In October, a machinist was hit by one of the vehicles he had been testing. He suffered severe neck, head and back injuries and spent over one month in the hospital. After this second accident, state investigators are looking into employee safety at the theme park.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Disneyland contract employee hurt working on Space Mountain roof,” Nov. 21, 2012

When Colorado employees are hurt in on-the-job accidents, one of their primary concerns is how will they cope with their lost wages. Our law firm has handled many cases of lost wages and you can find out more by visiting our website.


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