People go to recreational facilities and amusement parks to have fun. Most don’t fear the potential for accidents because they’re fairly rare. But they do happen, and operators of such facilities can be held liable.
Two people were injured on the premises of one such facility earlier this month. An 11-year-old girl and a man sustained injuries after a portion of a go-cart track collapsed at the Magical Midway Thrill Park in the tourist district of Orlando. The facility came under fire less than a year ago when a worker fell to his death while attempting to fix the tallest ride in the park. The park was fined more than $11,000 for that incident. In addition, the Department of Labor found that the facility exposed its employees to unnecessary dangers and did not properly train them.
As for the most recent incident, the go-cart collapse apparently happened when two wooden planks on the tracks collapsed. The girl reportedly sustained a variety of injuries, including a possible broken arm and several deep cuts or gashes. She was treated at Arnold Palmer Hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.
It’s unclear what sort of injuries the man sustained, but he apparently was having chest pains after the collapse. He was taken to a different local hospital and was also expected to recover, according to WDBO.
The cause of the collapse wasn’t clear. While a portion of the go-cart track was shut down, most of it remained open after the collapse.
Source: WDBO, “Two hurt after go-cart track collapses on I-Drive,” April 18, 2012