ORLANDO, Fla. — Sea World Orlando has been fined $75,000 for three safety violations following the death of a trainer by a killer whale.
The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued the citation on Monday.
One of the three violations is considered “willful,” or shows indifference or intentional disregard for employee safety. The willful citation was given for exposing workers to drowning hazards when interacting with killer whales.
Another “serious” citation was for failing to install a stairway railing system beside the stage in Shamu Stadium.
Trainer Dawn Brancheau, a University of South Carolina graduate, died Feb. 24 when a killer whale grabbed her hair and dragged her into a pool.
SeaWorld spokesman Fred Jacobs says the park disagrees with the “unfounded allegations” from OSHA.