(April 11) Today's Top Headlines - SeaWorld loses appeal against killer-whale occupational safety ruling - The Explorer: Today's Headlines

(April 11) Today's Top Headlines - SeaWorld loses appeal against killer-whale occupational safety ruling

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Posted: Friday, April 11, 2014 2:36 pm | Updated: 9:12 am, Mon Apr 14, 2014.

A US appeals court on Friday upheld a federal occupational safety agency's finding against SeaWorld Entertainment Inc, following the workplace death of one of its killer whale trainers.

The ruling by the US court of appeals for the District of Columbia circuit could have a major impact on how SeaWorld presents its shows, because it would require increased separation of humans and killer whales.

The three-judge panel, split 2-1, held that SeaWorld had violated its duties as an employer by exposing trainers to "recognized hazards" when working with killer whales.

A spokesman for SeaWorld, which operates 11 parks around the US, had no immediate comment on the ruling.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) had fined the company $75,000 after trainer Dawn Brancheau died in February 2010. She drowned after being pulled underwater by Tilikum, a 12,000lb bull orca at the SeaWorld site in Orlando, Florida.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/apr/11/seaworld-loses-appeal-killer-whale-occupational-safety 

© 2014 The Explorer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Welcome to the discussion.

Kino College

Kino CollegeEnroll today: http://www.kinocollege.com/

Featured Videos

Spacer4px

Online poll

Loading…

Follow us on Facebook