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San Jose personal injury attorneySeaWorld, once a beloved entertainment company with venues across America, has received major criticism from consumers and animal rights activists over the past few years. From trainer’s deaths, to claims of animal mistreatment, the Florida-based amusement park has faced many recent problems. Fortunately for the company, which has also experienced a recent decline in ticket sales, four safety and health citations issued against SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment Inc. by the state of California have been dropped, and a settlement was recently reached. Issued last April, the citations given by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health alleged that proper safety protocol was not put in place to ensure employee safety.

Claims of Employee’s Safety at Risk

Along with possible fines of up to $25,770, California regulators issued the San Diego amusement park four safety citations after a review of the park in April 2015. Trainers have not been allowed in the water during performances with orcas, the park’s iconic marine mammals, since 2010, but state regulators remained concerned with employee safety. In 2010, an employee of SeaWorld’s Orlando park was killed during a performance involving an orca whale, an incident that led SeaWorld to keeping all trainers out of the water during performances. While current trainers are not in danger during public performances, state regulators found other safety concerns. One of the state’s citations involved medical treatment and training of the animals. Regulators said that while the trainers do stay out of the water during performances, they frequently share pools with the animals during training and when they need medical attention. The state’s citation claimed that the park had not done enough to ensure its employee’s safety when they are required to enter the water with the animals, and that employees were not trained properly to ensure their safety. Additionally, another citation claims that SeaWorld had asked its employees to sign a confidentiality agreement that would force them not to report any safety concerns and hazards.

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