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Fine for Monorail Accident reduced, excuse me?

Disney and OHSA have settled the fine situation that resulted from its investigation of the July Monorail accident.

Under the agreement, Disney agreed to correct all four safety violations cited by OSHA, including one lapse that the agency said contributed to the monorail crash.

The agency cited Disney for broadly failing to recognize the potential hazards of driving the monorail trains in reverse. OSHA noted, for instance, that Disney did not follow safety recommendation from the trains’ manufacturer, Bombardier Inc., calling for the use of an observer positioned at the back end of a train whenever one is backing up.

Disney in December adopted a new policy requiring spotters whenever trains are reversing.

The fine was reduced to $35,200, down from an initial amount of $44,000. Okay, we know that OHSA works in mysterious ways, but if anything I think a larger fine was needed to drive home the importance of safety improvements. But I guess that’s just me.

(via the Orlando Sentinel)

7 thoughts on “Fine for Monorail Accident reduced, excuse me?”

  1. “Nope, it’s not just you. I commented on this earlier on twitter.

    I guess Austin’s life wasn’t worth everything we thought it was….

    JMHO…” – Debbie Hudson

    Debbie, I am not sure the fine lessons the value of a human life but looking from here in the UK even the origional $44,000 seems like a pittance.

    Was the fine a punative messure? If so it wouldn’t do much to WDW’s bottom line.

    In real terms the ammout, whether it is $1 or $1 Million makes no difference, the fact that Disney has been found at fault is the real punishment.

  2. if this was a compromise for better safety improvements then what does it matter? The money goes to the state anyway, I’d rather see it invested in the monorail or WDW. This has nothing to do with the potential civil suit that I’d certainly expect the family to file.

  3. Well, Disney being found at fault has just opened the door for a HUGE lawsuit in behalf of Austin’s family (unless Disney has already settled that). I’d rather monies from Austin’s death go to his family as opposed to OSHA anyhow.

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  5. i’m sure the reduced fine is an incentive for the at-fault party to remedy all of the issues cited, since disney likely wasn’t obligated to fix everything. personally, i think more corrections to safety policy is better than a higher fine, and honestly, these changes probably cost disney more than they saved in the reduced fine anyhow.

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