Questions remain about death of 10-year-old boy on water slide
The state has asked for reports of safety inspections completed at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, Kan., where a 10-year-old boy died Sunday.
The Kansas Department of Labor said it has requested documents from the water park to review whether safety requirements were met prior to Caleb Schwab’s death while riding the 168-foot-tall Verrückt water slide. Though the state can request the records, there is no regulation that requires the park’s owners to send safety inspections to the state without a request.
There is no record of Verrückt, the world’s tallest water slide, being investigated by the state since it opened during summer 2014. As part of the 2009 Kansas Amusement Ride Act, ride owners are required to have a certified inspector from the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials complete an inspection once a year.
“KDOL has the authority to ‘conduct random’ inspections of the records and certificates of inspection, along with any other documentation related to statutory compliance,” Department of Labor spokeswoman Barbara Hersh said in a statement. “All occurrences of serious injury resulting from the operation of an amusement ride require that the ride be immediately discontinued by the park pending further inspection. KDOL is acting to ensure full compliance with this and other provisions of the act and associated administrative regulations.”