Universal Orlando Fined Over Theme Park Accident

November 25, 2009

Universal Orlando has been fined and ordered to make changes over a July accident at its Islands of Adventure theme park.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Universal Orlando $3,750 on Oct. 2 for what it called a “serious” safety violation. The accident happened July 1 before the park opened to visitors. An unidentified worker was hit by a moving vehicle on the Dueling Dragons roller coaster and was hospitalized with serious injuries.

OSHA initially planned to fine Universal $5,000 but lowered the amount as part of a negotiated settlement. Universal has agreed to install additional fencing by Dec. 24 in areas where coaster trains come within seven feet of the ground.

A Universal spokesman says the company is dedicated to the safety of its workers.

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