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January 27, 2016

OSHA seeks to fine Lake Compounce $70K

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is suggesting up to a $70,000 fine for Bristol’s Lake Compounce, alleging the amusement park’s employees were exposed to chemical, burn and respiratory hazards from spraying coatings on park equipment and working with caustic chemicals in the park's paint room.

In a statement, Warren Simpson, OSHA's area director in Hartford, said these conditions exposed Lake Compounce Family Theme Park employees to serious burn, fire, chemical burn, electric shock and eye, face and hand injuries. “The employer must act promptly to effectively eliminate these hazards before they injure its employees," he said.

The amusement park was cited for 18 serious violations of workplace safety standards. OSHA is proposing penalties of $70,200.

Lake Compounce, said in a statement, it is working with OSHA to address a number of concerns raised. “As such, we feel it would be inappropriate to comment on the specifics of the citation,” Sara Frias, director of marketing said via e-mail, adding, “As a large amusement park operation, we have an exceptional safety record.”

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