Walt Disney World Employee Dies After On-The-Job Accident

On-the-job accidents happen everywhere, even at Walt Disney World. In March, a Walt Disney World worker died after an on-the-job accident where he suffered massive head injuries while repairing a rollercoaster. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Disney employee, Russell Roscoe, 52, was hurt while working at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Roscoe was working on the Primeval Whirl attraction when he was injured in an on-the-job accident.   He was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Disney offered its condolences and reiterated that safety is a priority at Disney World.

According to the examiner.com, the ride has remained closed and has been set to reopen on September 14, 2011, which is right in line with a six-month deadline placed on the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration to complete its investigation of the on-the-job accident.

However, this isn’t the first time an employee has sustained fatal injuries in an on-the-job accident. In 2007, another Disney employee died after an on-the-job accident that occurred when she was working on an elevated rider-loading platform on the Primeval Whirl. She was injured when she was hit by one of the roller-coaster vehicles. The Orlando Sentinel reported that Federal investigators fined Disney $21,000.00 for that accident and the company installed sensors on the ride to prevent similar accidents.

CBS News  covered other fatal on-the-job accidents occurring at Disney in 2009 after three Disney employees died in separate accidents. These on-the-job accidents included an employee dying from injuries sustained during practice at the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular. The other two deaths consisted of a 21-year-old monorail driver that was killed when his train and another monorail train collided, and a 47-year-old man dying from injuries sustained after being injured in a sword fight in “Captain Jack Sparrow’s Pirate Tutorial”  when he slipped and hit his head on a wall.

Compensation for fatal on-the-job accidents are governed and limited by Florida’s workers’ compensations laws. Florida Statute Section 440.16 governs compensation for death if death results from an on-the-job accident within 1 year thereafter or follows continuous disability and results from the accident within 5 years thereafter.

If you have lost a loved one to an on-the-job accident, contact the attorneys at Perenich, Caulfield, Avril & Noyes, P.A. for more information about your rights.

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