KNOTT's BERRY FARM: Enfrenta demandas por accidentes en Timber Mountain Log Ride


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Buena Park, Calif.- State inspectors are requiring added safeguards to the Timber Mountain Log Ride at Knott’s Berry Farm after a 5-year-old boy allegedly suffered a fractured eye socket last year on the attraction. In a report released this month, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health says it investigated the incident and determined that a water-level sensor did not function as intended during an inspection the following day, on May 3. The sensor began function normally after debris was cleared, the report says.

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The correct water level ensures proper braking and slowing of the logs in the “runout area,” the pond the logs splash into near the ride’s end. The report also found that smaller riders suffered “significantly more” injuries on the ride, “likely because of the proximity of their faces to padded or possibly insufficiently padded portions” of the faux log that riders sit in. 

 The report also noted that riders were not being given complete safety instructions as required under state regulations. CA-OSHA issued a number of requirements for the ride to be completed by Jan. 29, including: enhancing safety instructions with signs, videos or audio recordings, and inspecting the ride’s padding, floorboards and restraints to ensure the logs are safe and secure for smaller riders. The park is also required to evaluate water levels and develop a control system.

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 Cherie Whyte, Knott’s communication director, said in a Tuesday statement that the amusement park takes the report seriously and will work to comply with the state’s requirements. “Safety is Knott’s number one priority, and we are committed to the protection of all our guests,” she said.


On May 2, 2016, Charles Miller, then 5, was sitting on his father’s lap in the rear of the log when the ride suddenly decelerated after the final drop, causing the boy to hit his head on the back of the seat in front of him, according to his family. The family said Miller fractured his eye socket, leading to vision problems and subsequent surgeries, and filed a lawsuit in August against the amusement park, alleging that a faulty sensing system failed to monitor water levels.

The case is pending in Orange County Superior Court. Barry Novack, a Los Angeles-based lawyer representing the Miller family, said Knott’s has known for years that the log ride’s water-level monitoring system is faulty. Novack previously represented another family in a similar case where a 6-year-old girl allegedly broke a bone above her right eye after hitting her head on the ride. 
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The case was settled last year for a confidential sum. “It’s sad that little kids are getting injured because they won’t make changes,” he said. In 2012, CAL-OSHA instructed Knott’s to enhance the ride’s water-level monitoring. From May 2013 to January 2015, the ride was operating out of compliance because the water level wasn’t properly monitored, according to state records. The division logged eight alleged accidents on the ride in 2015 and 2016, from lower back pain to a head injury. For this recent inspection, Knott’s was charged a $12,821 fee by the state.

 http://www.ocregister.com/2017/11/29/knotts-berry-farm-told-by-state-to-improve-safeguards-on-log-ride-after-boys-family-says-he-was-hurt/


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 Antecedentes:

 An Illinois family is suing Knott’s Berry Farm, alleging their son suffered a fractured eye socket on the Timber Mountain Log Ride when a faulty sensing system failed to monitor water levels. According to the lawsuit filed in Orange County Superior Court this week, Charles Miller, then 5, was sitting on his father’s lap in May 2016 in the rear of the log when the ride suddenly decelerated after the final drop. Charles Miller hit his head on the back of the seat in front of him, fracturing his eye socket, according to the suit. The injury led to vision problems and subsequent surgery to correct his vision, the family says. 

 The family’s Los Angeles-based attorney, Barry Novack, represented another family in a similar case where a 6-year-old girl broke a bone above her right eye after hitting her head on the ride. The case was settled last year for an undisclosed amount, according to court records. A representative of Knott’s Berry Farm on Wednesday said the amusement park does not comment on legal matters....................

http://www.ocregister.com/2017/08/30/lawsuit-alleges-unsafe-conditions-on-log-ride-at-knotts-berry-farm-led-to-boys-injuries/
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