Kansas audit finds violations on 11 Schlitterbahn rides days before water park plans to open

Bill Grady
May 23, 2018 - 6:59 am



Kansas City, KS - Schlitterbahn is pushing back against state inspectors, saying in an email that the Kansas Department of Labor improperly released “false and misleading” information following an audit of the park where state inspectors found regulation violations on 11 rides.

In part, the audit revealed that one ride's parts were not replaced as the manufacturer recommends, and that that some safety signage was not adequate

Inspectors also said that the park's records were not available for review and that some operating and training manuals were incomplete.

Inspectors determined Schlitterbahn had violated the Kansas Amusement Ride Act and issued the park a Notice of Violation.

“Our committment to safety remains our highest priority," a Schlitterbahn official wrote.  The park is scheduled to open for the season on Friday. 

The state increased its scrutiny of the park and its operations following the criminal indictments of Schlitterbahn co-owner Jeff Henry, Verruckt water slide lead designer John Schooley, local director of operations Tyler Miles, the Henry & Sons Construction Company, and the water park itself, for the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab on the Verruckt water slide in August 2016.


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