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Report on Disney World Monorail Accident of July 2009 released by NTSB

The monorail station could be looking like this a lot more when Disney institutes its new reduced hours for the trains.

All the adjustments in policy and procedures have already been made, employees disciplined, OSHA fines levied, and the family’s lawsuit settled. All that we have been waiting for is the final federal investigation’s Accident Report. Today the National Transportation and Safety Board released that report putting a period on the end of a long sentence that I’m sure Disney World would like to put behind them.

That sentence started with a conflagration of errors by operators, management, and poor enforcement of existing policies that ended in the tragic death of a Walt Disney World Monorail Operator early on the morning of July 5th, 2009.

The report itself, issued this afternoon (releasing something on a holiday is almost like intentionally burying it, I wonder if that was coordinated in any way?), is written a very factual manner and in a plainly stated way. The facts outlined clearly put majority of the blame on inadequate procedures and failure to enforce the exact safety procedures that would have prevented the accident. To its credit Disney has made a lot of changes to correct what went wrong, but even if Disney had just enforced one of the common sense errors, this tragedy could have been averted.

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Investigation into Trainers Death at SeaWorld continues

This last weekend was my first time back at SeaWorld Orlando since the tragic death of the Killer Whale trainer in February. The new Shamu show still holds up very well, even if the new procedures don’t allow trainers and animals in the water simultaneously.… Read More »Investigation into Trainers Death at SeaWorld continues

Killer Whale Trainers at SeaWorld Examined

Reports and interviews created during an investigation of SeaWorld’s Orca Training program by the federal department OSHA provides what might be the most in depth look at what dangers trainers face yet. The Orlando Sentinel has some of the details, but summarized it says that… Read More »Killer Whale Trainers at SeaWorld Examined

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… Read More »Fine for Monorail Accident reduced, excuse me?

Castmember Dies After Injury

A performer in the Magic Kingdom’s Captan Jack¬†Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial has passed away after an injury occurred during a performance. The Orlando Sentinel has reported that Mark Priest, 47, slipped on a wet spot during a performance and was taken to the hospital on Thursday,… Read More »Castmember Dies After Injury

What should Disney change after Monorail Death?

Many voices in the theme park industry and across Disneyana are beginning to struggle with what should happen next at Walt Disney World. What should happen now that a life has been tragically and unnecessarily lost? I’m not yet ready to make any suggestions as¬†… Read More »What should Disney change after Monorail Death?