Universal ride technician’s death ruled accidental electrocution

According to the Orlando Sentinel, a ride technician died after being electrocuted while working on Universal Orlando’s Men In Black Alien Attack attraction last year.

The Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner’s Office has ruled Leopoldo Buenaventura’s November 8th, 2016 death “accidental due to low-voltage electrocution”. However, Sheri Blanton, the forensic senior program manager, has stated that the report is not yet completed. Additionally, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is still investigating the case.

Leopoldo Buenaventura was 60 years old and had worked at Universal Orlando as a ride technician for 12 years.

Universal Orlando Resort declined to comment after the ruling. The resort did comment immediately after his passing in November, saying that they were working to understand exactly what happened.

The Orlando Sentinel shared a quote from Dennis Speigel, president International Theme Park Services, saying, “You find typically when there’s an accident where somebody’s hurt or maimed, it’s either error on their part or there was some consequence that occurred that just was totally unknown…that no one knew that could happen.”

Credit: Orlando Sentinel

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