When people visit Ohio amusement parks or outdoor attractions, they expect a day of fun. However, some parents may experience a nightmare if they or their children are injured due to a negligent property owner. One 10-year-old boy who was seriously injured at a zip line attraction was hurt due to a mistake made by the attraction’s operator, reported state officials. The boy was not secured safely to his harness at the time of the accident at Urban Air Trampoline and Adventure Park in Lakeland, Florida. The boy was using an indoor zip line, which is intended to carry one person around a track inside the park.
The child’s fall was captured on video. He is depicted sitting upright on the zipline and holding an item above his head. He moves with the ride until near the end of the track, when he suddenly flies through the air. The boy fell 20 feet to the concrete floor. The Department of Agriculture said that the child was not buckled in at the legs to his harness. This meant that he held on to the zip line with his arms alone, and he lost his grip after a full ride around the park.
The state inspectors said that the ride did not show signs of mechanical defects, but knowledgeable operators are an important part of running a ride safely. If the operator did not strap the child securely into a harness, he was at risk of a severe injury. The company that owns the amusement park said that the employee involved no longer worked there.
Amusement park owners and other businesses that welcome the public have a high level of responsibility to their customers. People who have been injured due to a negligent owner or a dangerous condition may want to consult with a personal injury attorney about the potential to pursue a premises liability claim.