Hundreds of thousands of full-time, part-time and temporary workers have jobs at Florida theme parks in Orlando and beyond. With long days in the sun and significant physical activity, these employees may be at risk for serious injury in workplace accidents.
Whether you are a costumed character, a ride operator or gift shop cashier, stay safe when you work at a theme park with these tips:
Seek appropriate training
When you receive an assignment to repair, test, operate or ride a piece of equipment at the park, make sure that you have the training necessary to do so. Accessing ride areas incorrectly, riding improperly and trying to get on or off a moving ride have resulted in catastrophic theme park worker injuries and deaths. Do not stand between two carts, and keep your arms, hands, head and feet inside the vehicle at all times.
Pay attention to safety features
The park should mark unsafe areas around rides with warning signs, lights, tape, locks, sensors and other mechanisms. Do not tamper with these safety features, and let your supervisor know if they are not working correctly.
Prevent heat-related illness
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, individuals who work outdoors have an elevated risk for skin cancer, sunburn and heat-related illnesses. If possible with your costume or uniform, cover your skin with loose, light-colored fabric. Wear sunscreen of at least SPF 30, reapplying it every two hours.
During your break period, make sure to spend some time in the shade or in an air-conditioned room before going back outside. Seek medical attention if you experience signs of heat stroke, including dizziness, weakness, extreme thirst, difficulty breathing and high body temperature.
If you suffer a debilitating injury while working at a Florida theme park, you could be eligible for financial damages through workers’ compensation. Report all injuries to your supervisor, and see a doctor for treatment as soon as possible.