California amusement park cited by OSHA after accident

A California amusement park was issued several violations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after an employee’s arm was injured after using a crane in an attempt to dismantle a ride in 2011.

The Scandia Family Fun Center in Northern Highlands, California may be forced to pay $39,000, according to reports. A report filed by Cal-OSHA revealed that two Scandia employees were trying to take apart a ride, known as the Screamer, when the ride slid off its post while simultaneously knocking over the crane that was being used to get the job done.

One of the worker’s arms was crushed and the other employee was also injured, although not as severely. A Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District crew responded to the incident and the employees were taken to Mercy San Juan Hospital in Carmichael.

What caused this incident?

OSHA claims the accident that injured the employee’s arm was the result of improper rigging, underestimating the weight of the Screamer and multiple other factors.

Maxim Crane Works was also fined for neglecting to protect its crane operator and Scandia workers and for not having a qualified person on the job to assess the weight of the load. Proposed fines for the crane company equal $36,000.

“These are serious violations,” said Cal-OSHA spokeswoman Erika Monterroza, according to the Sacramento Bee. “Under Cal-OSHA definition a serious violation is one that has a high probability of causing serious injury or death.”

Scandia Family Fun Center and Maxim Crane Works told Cal-Osha that they will contest the violations.

How can similar incidents be prevented?

Managers who have received citations by OSHA in the past, or companies that would like to prevent safety violations may want to consider purchasing safety software, which can help businesses resolve workplace hazards and provide them with workplace accident and fatality tracking.