Universal Orlando fined for employee accident
Nov 23, 2009
Universal Orlando has been fined after an accident this summer involving an employee and the Dueling Dragons roller coaster. On July 1, a theme park employee was working under the roller coaster before the park opened and was injured after being hit by one of the train cars. After investigation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined the theme park $3,750 for the incident.
According to the Orlando Sentinel, OSHA "cited Universal for exposing employees to harm when they perform foundation checks or other maintenance work in an area directly beneath the coaster known as "The Compound." It is common practice for workers to walk under the tracks and in the path of the coaster.
Originally the fine was to be $5,000, but was lowered in a settlement. Universal is also required to add fencing around areas where the roller coaster comes within seven feet of the ground. This fencing must be added by December 24.