SeaWorld has been hit with a $75,000 fine by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for three safety violations following the death of one of its senior trainers in February. One of the violations is classified as willful – OSHA’s most serious civil penalty. “SeaWorld recognized the inherent risk of allowing trainers to interact with potentially dangerous animals,” said Cindy Coe, OSHA’s regional administrator in Atlanta, Ga. “Nonetheless, it required its employees to work within the pool walls, on ledges, and on shelves where they were subject to dangerous behavior by the animals.” On Feb. 24, a six-ton orca named ... Read More
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