Disneyland temporarily shut down its Space Mountain roller coaster ride and two other rides after it received word that the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA) had issued several safety citations to the company.
The citations were issued after an employee for a Disney contractor fell while cleaning the exterior of Space Mountain in November 2012. According to The Los Angeles Times, the worker suffered several broken bones as a result of the fall.
The L.A. Times reports that Cal-OSHA has fined the Disney contractor $60,995 as a result of the worker’s injuries. Earlier in the week, the agency proposed a nearly $235,000 penalty against the theme park in connection with the fall.
A statement on Cal-OSHA’s website indicated that Disney had completed a fall assessment report in 2006, but had done nothing to “adequately address” the fall hazards that existed on the exterior of Space Mountain. The park was cited for seven violations — three of those were willful serious violations, while another was a serious violation.
A Disneyland Resort spokesman insisted that the temporary closures of Space Mountain, the Matterhorn, and Soarin’ Over California rides were voluntary and were implemented in order to “maintain a safer work environment for our cast members and contractors.”
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