Kansas Labor Department to conduct full audit of Schlitterbahn inspection records

March 28, 2018 - 2:00 pm

Topeka, KS - State labor officials say their department it will conduct a full audit of the inspection records of the Schlitterbahn Kansas City water park where a 10-year-old boy died in 2016.

Labor Department spokeswoman Barbara Hersh said Wednesday that it will conduct the audit before the Schlitterbahn park expects to open its 2018 season on May 25.

The park is required to have qualified inspectors examine rides daily and to keep reports on those inspections, according to Hersh. She said the department will ensure that the inspections have been done.

The company said by email it welcomes the Kansas Department of Labor’s onsite audit.

A grand jury has indicted the water park company, its former operations director, a Schlitterbahn co-owner, a ride designer and internal construction company on multiple criminal charges including 2nd degree murder and involuntary manslaughter.

The charges arise from the August 2016 death of Caleb Schwab on the world's largest waterslide at the park.


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