I have worked at a major theme park for (now) six seasons of operations. Until now, I have had an unblemished safety record (and because of my position, we are tested on record in various ways.) I'm a lifeguard.
Today however, I threw a soft-bodied water tube. This could easily be mistaken for the exact model. It is adult-sized.
If the grapevine is correct, I have somehow broken another employee's wrist with this thing. (At least, it has certainly gone to workman's comp.) I am still in dismay that a normal person could have suffered such an injury from a short toss. However, two people say they saw me hit them with it. (To be honest, I had no idea I'd struck anyone at the time. I'm guessing I didn't actually look around the tube before I threw it to the ground and turned around to get another one.) I don't think they're lying, and neither am I.
I am in the wrong for allowing another employee to be struck regardless, however.
There are some caveats here:
- The tubes are soft of body
- We let literal children carry them up multiple stories of stairs all day, unsupervised
- The tubes were not fully inflated at the time.
- A supervisor watched me literally throw the two person version of these by the dozen at another employee. He high-fived me for saving a bunch of time.
I'm currently suspended, but I have 24 hours to submit a statement. What should I say? Should I bother? I've already written an apology letter intended for the injured party (I do feel bad), but not sent it.
Legal Environment: United States.
(I'm not in financial jeopardy because of my other jobs; I have three.)