Amusement parks are typical settings for fun times and relaxed group activities. Usually a trip to a theme park or state fair means getting your mind off whatever may be causing you stress and even enjoying a safe thrill. Unfortunately, due to several deaths and severe injuries that have occurred at amusement parks this summer, many of us are probably beginning to feel a little more concerned about our safety while visiting these attractions. However, it has probably not occurred to us that even the workers at these parks are at serious risk for injury as well. The recent tragedy at Six Flags Great Adventure provides a devastating example.
If you or a loved one have been injured at a theme park, whether as a patron or employee, it is essential to contact an experienced attorney. The national amusement park injury attorneys at The Reiff Law Firm may be able to take your case and fight for the compensation you deserve. We have decades of experience handling amusement park injury cases and are dedicated to ensuring that negligent third parties are held accountable. To find out what your case may be worth, call (215) 246-9000 for a free consultation with our amusement park injury lawyers.
Fatal Accident at Six Flags Great Adventure
Six Flags Great Adventure is a world-famous amusement park located in Jackson, New Jersey. The park features shopping and dining facilities, animal attractions and thrill rides such as Kingda Ka and Nitro. Six Flags has been a long-time favorite among thrill seekers and roller coaster lovers. Tragically, the beloved park was the site of a devastating accident on Wednesday, September 6th. A 19-year-old worker was stringing lights near a fountain when he was struck by a lift truck. He was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he later died from his injuries.
There are not many details on the accident at this time and police are conducting an ongoing investigation. No additional injuries were reported as a result of the accident and the worker’s name has not been released. A spokeswoman for Six Flags commented: “We are deeply saddened by our colleague’s passing and our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.” She went on to say that safety is the foundation of both the company and the amusement park industry and that the park would be conducting a “comprehensive investigation.”
Workers, Not Only Riders, Are at Risk for Amusement Park Injuries
We often hear news stories about amusement park visitors being injured and even killed. Our blog has reported extensively this summer on the tragic death that occurred at the Ohio State Fair in July. However, we rarely hear about the park’s employees and ride operators getting hurt. As evidenced by the tragedy at Six Flags Great Adventure, working at these parks can be just as, if not more dangerous, than visiting them. Working at these parks involves operating heavy machinery and electrical equipment, and often doing so from a very dangerous height. Making routine repairs, and especially making repairs to malfunctioning machinery, can also pose a serious threat. These rides are regularly inspected and follow strict guidelines regarding their upkeep, but unfortunately this is not enough to avoid accidents. It is purely speculation at this point in the investigation, but it is possible that some Six Flags park safety protocols were either insufficient to prevent this type of accident, or simply not followed by park workers.
Injuries Suffered by Workers at Amusement Parks
Nearly 100,000 injuries are reported each year from lift truck (or fork-lift) accidents. Improper training and carelessness on the job are usually to blame. Out of the approximately 855,900 forklifts at use in the U.S., about 11 percent of them will be involved in a forklift accident.
Construction work is known to be one of the most dangerous occupations in America, and those who work at theme parks face many of the same risks. Electrical accidents and falls also make up a significant portion of injuries suffered by amusement park and fair employees. Though there are many safety guidelines in place intended to avoid these accidents, they still occur on an alarmingly frequent basis. If you have been injured attending or working at a theme park, it is essential to seek legal help.
Contact an Experienced Amusement Park Injury Attorney Today
The tragic event that occurred at Six Flags is a much-needed reminder to amusement parks to always prioritize the safety of their employees and patrons. If you or a loved one have been injured at a theme park, do not hesitate to seek legal help. Without advice from an experienced amusement park injury attorney, you may be at risk for settling your case for less than you deserve. At The Reiff Law Firm, we have the experience and dedication to handle your case and maximize your recovery. To find out what your case may be worth, call (215) 246-9000 for a free consultation with our personal injury lawyers.