Death on a Waterslide

Nov 4, 2020 | Work Accidents, Wrongful Death

Many of us can recount joyful summer days spent splashing around one of Texas’ many fun and family-friendly waterparks. But the sky-high waterslides at these parks aren’t just thrilling they’re dangerous. These structures are high enough to kill someone who falls from them, an unfortunate fact that one construction worker discovered for himself after tragically falling to his death at Spring’s SplashTown in Spring 2019.

Worker Falls to His Death at SplashTown Waterpark

The Six Flags Hurricane Harbor SplashTown waterpark experienced a tragic loss last year after a worker fell from one of the park’s tall structures. The accident made national news, and it left many of his colleagues in at Trevino Industries visibly shaken.

SplashTown kept medical staff on duty even as the waterpark was closed for renovations, and they responded to the accident immediately. They also contacted Cypress Creek EMS, who rushed to the scene with members of the Spring Fire Department. Despite their efforts, responders were unable to revive the man, who died at the scene.

We all love a good thrill every so often; therefore, adventure parks have rollercoasters and sky-high waterslides. But these structures are only fun when everyone is safe. While nobody intended the construction worker who lost his life at SplashTown to meet such a tragic fate, it does call into question whether all proper safety procedures were followed and whether his death could have been prevented.

Keeping Workers Safe at Heights

Construction is dangerous work, and it is up to every construction company to keep its workers safe. This is particularly true when workers are building, renovating, or repairing tall structures.

Recommendations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration urge all employers to follow three key protocols to prevent workplace falls:

First, companies should plan ahead and provide the type of safety equipment and training that workers need to stay safe at high heights. This may include personal fall arrest systems or similar equipment.

Second, anyone who works at a height of six feet or higher above the ground should be provided with proper safety equipment. For example, they should have the proper ladders, scaffolds, harnesses, and other fall protection tools.

Third, companies should train all workers so that they can identify potential falling hazards and use safety equipment properly.

Companies that fail to follow these guidelines may be liable for any injuries that result from workplace falls. This is just as true for deadly drops from tall structures as it is for injuries sustained from a fall from six feet off the ground. A company that does not provide proper training and equipment is putting its workers lives at risk, and sometimes it takes a lawsuit to keep them from continuing this irresponsible behavior.

If you or a loved on has suffered an injury from a workplace fall, Williams Hart & Boundas can help you get the compensation you deserve. We have helped over 100,000 clients get the justice they deserve after suffering property damage, injuries, and losses from preventable accidents. If you’ve been hurt at work, contact Williams Hart & Boundas to discuss your options.

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