Boy Falls off Water Park Slide on to Concrete in California

A recent tragic accident at a water park highlighted concerns over water park safety. These fears have been further exacerbated by an accident in California in which a boy launched off a water slide and ended up on concrete.

The accident occurred at the Wave water park in Dublin. This was a frightening incident. Fortunately, the boy was not seriously injured at the new $43 million water park.

A report in the Mercury News stated the 10-year-old boy shaken up and ended up with a scratched shoulder that was treated by first responders at the park.

The ride had only been operating for 90 minutes which it recorded its first accident.

The Mercury News reported the park closed the Emerald Plunge slide indefinitely. Spokeswoman Shari Jackman said the park is “reevaluating that slide.”

Park officials said no police, fire or other first responders were called to the incidents because the boy’s parents declined help.

Park officials closed down the slide along with an adjacent slide “Dublin Screamer.” They contacted the slides’ manufacturer WhiteWater West Industries and asked them to check out the slide. Officials said the slide was tested scores of times and Cal-OSHA gave the park a permit to open the slide last Friday.

The City of Dublin described the extreme slide ride in a press release earlier this year. "Prepare for a rush as you drop three stories at an 80 degree slope,” the city wrote.

Fortunately, when the boy left the side and ended up on concrete he was close to the ground.

The scramble to build more extreme water park rides has raised safety fears. Recently, the family of a boy who was killed in a water park accident in Kansas was awarded $20 million.

Although water parks are usually safe, I am concerned the move to more extreme rides is putting users at risk.

At the KC Water Park in Kansas, the Verruckt ride featured multi-person rafts that plunged down a 17-story drop at speeds of up to 70 mph, a surge up a ramp and a 50-foot descent to a finishing pool. The boy was reportedly decapitated by netting during the ride The two women who took the ride with him suffered serious facial injuries.

They settled their claims against the companies involved in the making of Verruckt.

The 10-year-old victim was the son of Republican Kansas state Rep. Scott Schwab.

If you are hurt at a water park, a theme park, a trampoline park or any other facility, it’s important to get legal advice. Call us at (757) 455-0077.

Bill O'Mara

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