I have a season pass here so I have been there often! I have never been hurt or seen anybody hurt at this park! I really do not understand the charges because I can't see one area that is like that except American Eagle which they had to change the line (though it looks temparary) for Wiggle Land.
I'd hate to see any more parks in the U.S. closing their doors. The reporting employee could be hurting himself/herself and coworkers. Stories about safety fines will get wildy exagerated as they spread through the public. By the time it gets to some people, I'm sure that it will be rumoured that people died on rides or something.
I hope SFGAM takes this seriously and fix's the problems noted, escepcially if some are repeat violations.
Being my home park I go at least 10-15 times a year and I have always thought the park was run in a safe manner, but we dont see what happens behind the scene's.
A heards up to OSHA, if you want to find unsafe park operations just travel down to Mt Olypmus and you will get writers cramp from all you find!!
Six Flags stung by $117,000 in proposed safety fines RIDES OK | OSHA says violations put workers at risk
September 11, 2007BY MAUREEN O'DONNELL Staff Reporter Six Flags Great America has been hit with $117,000 in proposed federal fines for alleged workplace safety violations, which would be the biggest such penalty for any amusement park in the Six Flags chain.
The problems cited don't involve any rides. They allege safety issues that could jeopardize employees at the Gurnee park, said Scott Allen of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Six Flags received OSHA's inspection report Friday. "We've resolved several of the issues already and will continue to work with OSHA through their appeals office," Great America's Brooke Gabbert said Monday.
The findings "are specific to employee workplace areas, and they do not impact our guests,'' she said. OSHA recommended a $27,700 fine for "repeat serious violations": blocked exit routes, poor housekeeping and defective truck brakes.
The agency also found 34 "serious" violations that netted a proposed $90,000 fine, Allen said. They included unsafe storage of flammable liquids; improperly covered sprinkler heads; poorly marked exits; exposed wood-and-metal-cutting equipment, and an eyewash station that didn't work.
"Employers must remain dedicated to keeping the workplace safe and healthful or face close scrutiny by this agency," said OSHA's Diane Turek.
"The safety of our employees and guests has always been our top priority and we invest the greatest amount of resources'' in safety, Gabbert said.
Brakes - hmmm - those guys are probably making $11/hr, right? Is that enough for them to care? Is SFGAm just not buying replacement parts until they are past due? How much money could they have saved by doing it right the first time? Or is this like Ford deciding that lawsuits from exploding Pintos were cheaper than actually fixing the Pinto?
I relish this. SF needs to learn they can't cut everything in the budget back and expect to get away with it. The better news is they'll have to fix all the other parks before those get inspected too.