31 May '12, 10am

Judge declares #Seaworld responsible for 2010 trainers' death.

The fine is reduced from OSHA’s original penalty and Judge Welsch also changed the language of the citation against SeaWorld, saying that their responsibility for Brancheau’s death was not “willful” but “serious.” The court has also upheld OSHA’s requirement that SeaWorld keep their trainers separated from the orcas by a “physical barrier” when in the water with them, despite SeaWorld’s efforts to stop the change to their shows. The citation reads, “ The gravity of this violation is very high. Trainers were required to work in close contact with killer whales during performances. The killer whales sometimes engage in unpredictable behavior, including seizing trainers with their mouths, holding the trainers under water, and ramming the trainers while in the water. SeaWorld’s operant conditioning program places an unrealistic burden on trainers to recognize precursors and re...

Full article: http://www.ecorazzi.com/2012/05/31/judge-declares-seaworl...

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