The National Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that over 270 million people visit amusement parks every year. Approximately 7,000 of these people are treated in emergency rooms for injuries they sustained in amusement park ride accidents.
Sometime in the spring, amusement parks begin preparations to open to the public. As part of these preparations maintenance staff must inspect park attractions to make sure safety guidelines and regulations are met.
Inspections play a key role in opening an amusement park. For example, during the months of non-use, rides and attractions may need lubrication as a result of temperature changes. Other areas to be inspected include lighting, plumbing, boilers, stages and compressors. Once the inspection takes place, the results should be recorded and the appropriate preventive maintenance work should be scheduled.
Unfortunately, with a downturn in the economy, many theme parks have cut corners on safety. Many times students working on a temporary basis are entrusted to operate these rides – with minimal training.
If you or a family member has suffered a minor or catastrophic injury at an amusement park, water park, or neighborhood carnival, it is important that you contact an experienced personal injury attorney to determine if you have a case and who is responsible.
The accomplished San Bernardino personal injury attorneys at Welebir Tierney & Weck will bring the wrongdoers to justice and achieve the best results for you and your family.