SeaWorld fined $75,000 for Animal Trainer Employee’s Death

SeaWorld has been fined $75,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for three safety violations. One such violation has been classified as willful, after the death of one of its animal trainers in February 2010.   The agency’s investigation report “revealed that SeaWorld trainers had an extensive history of unexpected and potentially dangerous incidents involving killer whales at its various facilities, including its location in Orlando”.  The agency’s report also stated that management failed to make meaningful changes to improve the safety of the work environment for its employees.  There was no immediate response from SeaWorld.

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