Monday, 15 April 2013

Space Mountain closed, Disneyland’s Soarin’ Over California closed for review

Space Mountain closed, Disneyland’s Soarin’ Over California closed for review, Space Mountain closed on Saturday along with the Matterhorn Bobsleds ride and Soarin’ Over California after Disneyland received citations from California state regulators prompting a review of its employee safety protocol, said Disneyland’s spokesperson Suzi Brown according to a April 14, 2013, Los Angeles Times report.

On Sunday, the Matterhorn reopened again. Space Mountain and Soarin’ Over California will remain closed until further notice.

Space Mountain is Disneyland’s popular roller coaster and Soarin’ Over California is a simulated hang-glider flight over the state’s major landmarks at Disney California Adventure.

Disneyland received the citations on Friday and company officials shut down the rides on Saturday voluntarily as a precautionary measure for its employees.

Disneyland’s spokesperson Suzi Brown said that “We constantly strive to maintain a safe work environment for our cast members and contractors — and we are reviewing certain protocols.”

So far, officials from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health have not yet commented in regard to the citations.

However, the citations are related to an incident in November when a contractor’s employee was seriously injured while working on the exterior of the Space Mountain attraction.

Apparently, the exterior of Space Mountain had known fall hazards without sufficient anchorages or approved tie-backs that would keep a contractor’s employees safe while performing maintenance work on the exterior of Space Mountain.

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