Oakwood workers ‘dropped ride bolts as joke’

Oakwood logoWorkers at Oakwood theme park in Wales have previously ‘dropped bolts’ in the vicinity of rides to scare the public, it has been claimed.

The Airgates Attraction News website tonight published the claims, which were made by an unidentified former employee of the park.

“We dropped bolts to scare nervous guests, then laughed about it after work in the staff room,” said the source.

“These stories are always the highlight after a days work – swapping stories about how guests were a bit weary-looking when a bolt was in your hand and they were told to hold on extra tight just in case.

“Not all staff did it, but loads of us did. It happened daily, sometimes guests even joined in.”

‘Safety is paramount’

The Pembrokeshire park was quoted by Airgates as responding to the claims by saying the health and safety of its visitors was paramount

A statement read: “We take any allegations of misconduct among staff extremely seriously and are carrying out an internal investigation to establish if there is any evidence whatsoever¬†of this kind of reprehensible and irresponsible behaviour taking place here in the past.

“We are taking all necessary steps to discover if there is any historical evidence to support the claim and to ensure this type of totally unprofessional and malicious conduct never occurs at Oakwood.”

Airgates reported similar incidents of staff attempting to trick guests over the safety of rides, citing Thorpe Park among them via an eyewitness account.

Stating it would conduct an investigation, the Surrey park said: “The health and safety of our guests is our number one objective and joking about the safety of a ride is not something we condone at the park.”

One comment

  1. c white says:

    this is one sick individual, who probably got sacked for doing something wrong and is trying to get his own back. even if he is an x employee he should be hauled over the coals – no matter how long ago it was. he has admitted how sick he is. New owners, New well trained – by the book staff – Shit hot on the health and safety aspects throughout the park! As the mother of an employee who works there now i have to say i have the utmost faith in the health and safety checks at the park. My son / daughter has told me of how they are trained and have to read every manual and have to learn the safety checks off by heart. My son / daughter is feels so happy and safe volenteers for helping with any safety runs, checks etc, even volenteers to go in on their day off to help if its busy – their feedback alone is enough to make me believe how safe the park is. They are always telling me how spot on the precise the health and safety officer is and the pride he takes in his job. They work extremly hard and all understand the importance of safety in such a work place. they have never come home and said that any other person working there now has done anything to put someone at risk and if something were to come to their attention then they would report it imediately no matter what!. At the moment is probably the b est the park has ever been running. I have known this park since the first nuts and bolts were ever put in and the steel framed building erected by – Hosiers of Swindon, The bobsleigh put in by Ludvig Sunlightner and when they later held the amazing Panto’s. This is a Dimond in Wales’s Crown – Lets not let a few sick people ruin it for all of us.