August 23rd, 2010
01:11 PM ET

SeaWorld fined $75,000 after death of animal trainer

SeaWorld has been fined $75,000 by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for three safety violations, including one classified as willful, after the death of one of its animal trainers in February.

The agency's investigation "revealed that SeaWorld trainers had an extensive history of unexpected and potentially dangerous incidents involving killer whales at its various facilities, including its location in Orlando," said an OSHA statement Monday. "Despite this record, management failed to make meaningful changes to improve the safety of the work environment for its employees."

There was no immediate response from SeaWorld to the announcement.

- From CNN's Dugald McConnell

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  1. Fred Jacobs

    SeaWorld disagrees with the unfounded allegations made by OSHA and will contest the agency's citation. The safety of our guests and employees and the welfare of our animals are core values for SeaWorld and areas in which we do not compromise. We remain committed to the values that have guided SeaWorld since our park in San Diego opened its gates 46 years ago: sharing extraordinary marine animals with our guests in ways that are safe, enriching, educational and inspiring. Click here for our full statement:

    Fred Jacobs, VP of Communications
    SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment

    August 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. U.S.Army-OverLord

    I'm sorry Fred I'm not buying it. Why would people be working with "Killer Whales" in the first place? and this is not the first time someone has died dealing with this whale.

    August 23, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |