Feds ring up Six Flags Great America for $100K-plus in safety fines
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has hit Six Flags Great America
, located north of Chicago in Gurnee, Ill., over 38 alleged safety violations. The agency recommened that the park be fined $117,700 for the violations, which range from improperly marked exits to damaged ladders to defective emergency brakes on an industrial truck.
There's more here and here.
My guess is that this won't be the end of the story. If OSHA had found nothing or only trivial violations, then I could see them moving on to other companies. But for the to hit Six Flags for a six figure fine at one location, it sure seems likely that inspectors will be scrutinizing the other Six Flags parks to see if they have similar issues. Time will tell, I suppose.
OSHA is going to be concerned with the park's EMPLOYEE safety - not the park's guests.
That poor baby giraffe dying from smoke inhalation at Discovery Kingdom recently. Followed by this. I think 6 F might definately be under the magnifying glass already.
Usually, OSHA investigations are sparked by employee reports. Given that 6F has been having financial difficulties, I think it's against their own interest for an employee to report this instead of working with park management to remedy the issues. Now, if they've attempted that and gotten unsatisfactory results, that's another issue.
Who says that if this was reported by a employee that he already made reports to management and they didnt take the corrective actions needed/required??
The bizzareness of the story is that there were very little reports from SFGA on the news or anything like that. Granted, its not Disney or Universal, but it never seemed dangerous.
An employee calling OSHA is not the only thing that would cause all the scrutiny. The fact that the park has had previous accidents which injured and/or killed any employees would put Six Flags on a list of employers that they would keep an eye on anyway.
Aren't nearly all of those things fairly low-level janitorial-maintenance stuff employees are closely involved with? Don't improperly stored chemicals and covered sprinkler heads mean that janitors and groundskeeper don't have a clue? And if they don't have a clue, is it because they make $6.25/hour and don't care and they don't get canned because who else will do it for $6.25/hr, are poorly trained, or don't understand English because they're from Thailand?
E Rounds pointed out in the previous post that a "...person making $6.25/hour isn't enough to make a person care... or don't understand English because they're from Thailand?"
That's not an exact quote, different sentences were combined and the training part of the primary sentence was conveniently removed. I hope I made it clear that it is a management issue, that management isn't willing to pay enough to hire people they know can do their jobs properly, isn't hiring people who speak English (or Spanish in some areas) to be able to understand the training, or train people properly in the first place. SF hires the cheapest bodies available, regardless of their skill set, commitment to their jobs, or even respect for or knowledge of basic safety standards to ensure the health of themselves and other employees.
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