ANAHEIM – State officials levied a $60,995 fine Friday against the employer of a man injured while cleaning the Space Mountain attraction at Disneyland.
Los Angeles-based HSG Inc. violated several safety regulations, including a failure to make sure roof tie-back or anchors were provided for the 37-year old contractor, who fell from the ride’s slanted rooftop Nov. 21, the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health said. The man, whose name was not released, suffered a cut to his forehead, a broken femur, a broken right clavicle and possibly broken ribs.
The state agency also attributed the man’s fall to HSG Inc. allowing its employees to connect support and safety lines to unapproved anchorages as they cleaned the exterior of Space Mountain.
“As a result, an employee of HSG Inc. suffered serious injuries when his unapproved anchorage point failed, causing him to fall down the exterior of Space Mountain,” a Cal-OSHA inspector reported.
Steven Williams, HSG’s director of operations, did not return phone calls or emails seeking comment about the proposed penalty or the contractor’s current condition. The company has 15 days to file an appeal.
Last week, Cal-OSHA proposed a $234,850 penalty against Disneyland, the theme’s park’s largest fine in a decade, for “willfully” violating safety regulations related to the contractor’s injury. Investigators found that Disney knew in 2006 about problems with fall hazards but failed to fix the problems outside Space Mountain. Disney has not decided whether it will appeal the penalties.
Space Mountain remained closed Friday while crews assessed employee safety, and it was unclear when the popular indoor roller coaster would reopen, said Suzi Brown, a Disneyland Resort spokeswoman. Soarin’ Over California in Disney’s California Adventure reopened Friday after a weeklong voluntary inspection.
HSG Inc. was also cited for failing to perform necessary inspections before the work began and for allowing workers to access outdoor areas of Space Mountain without providing guardrails or other types of adequate protection to protect against a fall.
Other violations listed in the report cite HSG Inc. for failing to ensure the worker’s harness was marked with the most current inspection date, along with checking that all safety equipment was maintained and in good condition.
By ART MARROQUIN/ ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
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