Wet ‘n Wild has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the near-drowning of one of their employees in August 2014. Six citations have been awarded, each with a $7,000 fee to total $42,000. Wet ‘n Wild, who is owned by NBCUniversal, will have a meeting with the agency next week to discuss the findings; they do have the option to appeal.
At the time of the incident, the man was pulled underwater by the pool pumps while attempting to retrieve a guest’s glasses at the Black Hole attraction. He was in critical condition at Dr. Phillips Hospital, but his current condition is not known. He was able to be interviewed by the OSHA investigators.
Universal spokesman Tom Schroder said, “We have cooperated fully with OSHA during its inspection and are now thoroughly reviewing its findings. We take the safety of our team members seriously and always work to improve our safety programs.”
The violations the park was cited for include:
- Lack of training. Employees did not know how to shut off power to the pumps.
- Lack of protocols for entering confined spaces. Wet ‘n Wild also did not designate people “who were to have active roles in entry operations.”
- No completion of an entry permit, required whenever an employee enters a confined space.
A “confined space” is defined as one that has “limited or restricted means for entry or exit” and “are not designed for continuous occupancy.”
News source: Orlando Sentinel
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