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West Virginia theme park cited for 45 safety violations

Posted On: Dec. 21, 2015 12:00 AM CST

A West Virginia theme park was cited and is facing $65,100 in proposed fines by federal regulators for 45 safety violations.

Waverly Entertainment Inc., doing business as Camden Park in Huntington, West Virginia, was cited by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration on Dec. 10 for 40 serious violations, including exposing employees to fall, electrical, chemical and amputation hazards and obstructed exit routes that were not visibly marked, the agency said Thursday in a statement. Serious violations include a lack of machine guarding and no written hazard communication plan for workers that use or could be exposed to chemicals, according to the release.

The company was also cited for five other-than-serious violations due to its failure to record occupational illness and injuries on the OSHA 300A recordkeeping form, require employees to use personal protective equipment, conduct a monthly inspection and annual maintenance check on a portable fire extinguisher and prevent water from entering an electric panel box, according to the release.

“Establishing and implementing a comprehensive injury and illness prevention program is critical for protecting workers from hazards,” Prentice Cline, director of OSHA's Charleston, West Virginia, office, said in a statement. “Many of the hazardous conditions we found could have been identified and corrected had recommended program elements been in practice here. Employers are responsible for ensuring a safe and healthful workplace and will be held legally accountable when they fail to do so.”

A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.