On November 8, 2016, Leopoldo Buenaventura, a 60-year-old Universal Orlando ride technician, passed away after being electrocuted while working on the Men in Black: Alien Attack attraction. Now, “the Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued two citations for serious violations and another for a minor one,” which in total, will cost more than $10,000 in fines for Universal. According to the Orlando Sentinel, Universal has not appealed the citation, but at this point, they still have time to do so.
Fall protection was not provided and metal studs were used to help walk around the catwalk above the attraction. These improper methods were one of the fines that OSHA issued, which was set at $5,432. Additionally, the lack of space for the ride technicians to enter and exit the catwalk is what caused OSHA to fine an additional $5,432. These violations need to be paid for by Universal by June 21.
Universal declined to talk deeply on the issue, but spokesman Tom Schroder simply stated in an email, “The safety of our team members and guests is always our top priority and we take these matters very seriously, but we are not going to discuss the specifics of this situation.”
Credit: Orlando Sentinel