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Space Mountain remains closed at Disneyland

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:10 a.m. HST, Apr 27, 2013

ANAHEIM, Calif. >> Disneyland visitors won't be taking galactic voyages any time soon as one of its most popular rides is closed indefinitely two weeks after state safety regulators cited the park for hazards.

The Los Angeles Times reports Disney officials have no estimate when Space Mountain will reopen. The attraction was closed earlier this month after state officials said safety rules were violated when a contractor fell and suffered broken bones last November while cleaning the exterior of Space Mountain.

The contract company was fined nearly $61,000 for the safety violations. The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has proposed a nearly $235,000 penalty against Disneyland in connection with the contractor's injury.

Disney has not decided whether it will appeal the penalties.

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jtamura69 wrote:
The DOSH should ask the important question. How do you protect someone from their own stupidity?
on April 27,2013 | 08:17AM
tasod wrote:
Its possible d.land didn't have the appropriate anchors for proper tie downs for the workers (contract or not) yet, the building is pretty old and California must have signed - off on the plans when created - the state could be blamed too. I think the Calif OSHA program is way too aggressive though. I agree with jtamura, there has to be some element of human error in the incident too.
on April 27,2013 | 09:56AM
localguy wrote:
Space mountain has been in operation since 1977, this appears to be the very first exterior accident. Unfortunately the article fails to mention if the contractor trained their workers in OSHA required fall protection standards and provided the worker with the right fall protection equipment and trained them how to use it. Also sad to say CALOSHA operates like OSHA. Once they send an inspector to a site they must come back with a fine, their standard. Inspectors are told to find something to fine on or go find another job. They can't admit accidents do happen, people take short cuts, fail to follow standards. Willing to bet nothing is wrong at Space Mountain, just a case of worker head space issues.
on April 27,2013 | 11:23AM
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