Orlando Amusement Park Accidents
A jury decision in a recent California case involving whether or not the legal term “common carriers” applies to amusement parks as well as bus companies, airlines and other businesses classified as common carriers favored Disney and other amusement park operators. The ruling in this case is very important as five years ago, the California Supreme Court declared that amusement park operators are common carriers and subject to strict safety regulations for rides and other attractions. Amusement parks are, of course, subject to safety standards, but those that govern businesses classified as common carriers are far stricter.
A top federal regulator recently cited popular Orlando amusement parks SeaWorld and Walt Disney World for poor commitments to worker safety, pointing to recent deaths at both theme parks. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulator said that he was putting Florida theme parks “on notice” following several amusement park accidents that led to serious injuries or fatalities in recent months.