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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Friday, June 01, 2012

Safety News Briefs - Week Ending June 2nd

A weekly feature that provides short summaries of safety related news with links to the complete stories in other publications.

SeaWorld "Exploring" Further Action Against OSHA Citation

SeaWorld disputes some of a ruling upholding an OSHA citation after a killer whale drowned a trainer and is "exploring if further action is necessary," the theme park says.

Read the complete story on the WMFE web site.

US Appeals Court Revives Whistleblower Claim Against OSHA

OSHA is accused of acquiescing in hiding workplace injuries.  A federal appeals court has revived a claim by a former senior OSHA official who says he was fired because he publicly criticized his agency for letting companies under report workplace injuries.

Read the complete story on Reuters.

Related Past Posts:
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending May 19th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending May 12th
Safety News Briefs - Week Ending May 5th

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Blogger Steve Hudgik said...

SeaWorld is appealing a recent federal ruling that keeps trainers away from orcas during performances.

SeaWorld has asked the OSHA Review Commission to take another look at the ruling upholding the citation.

In their petition for review filed July 3, SeaWorld stated that the judge failed to take into consideration that there has been 18 years of interactions with Tilikum with no injuries.

SeaWorld also stated that the judge should not have relied on statements from other incident reports, some of which were 20 years old and others that were from other parks and did not involve Tilikum, for which the citation was issued.

The citation requires SeaWorld to place barriers between trainers and whales during performances.

But, the judge's ruling applied only to performances. The judge felt direct contact with whales is necessary for the whales' health care.

SeaWorld argues performances are no different and that the judge disregarded evidence that it's safe for trainers to be in the water with killer whales.

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