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Worker Killed in Disney World Accident

By Orlando Personal Injury Attorney on March 8, 2011

A worker severely injured while repairing a ride at Walt Disney World has died from his injuries according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. Officials investigating the fatal Orlando amusement park accident say the 52-year-old victim suffered massive head injuries while repairing the Primeval Whirl roller coaster ride at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. They say the victim was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center shortly after the accident, where he died of his injuries the following day on March 14. Orlando personal injury attorney James O. Cunningham continues to monitor developments in this fatal Disney accident and other Orlando amusement park accidents.

The accident is currently under investigation by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and neither OSHA nor Disney has released details about how the accident occurred. Witnesses say the victim was critically injured while working on a part of the ride known as “The Little Dip.” The ride was reportedly closed down for regularly scheduled maintenance when the accident occurred in an area off-limits to them park customers.

Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton released a statement in response to the accident. She said, “Our Walt Disney World community has experienced a tragic loss. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Russ Roscoe’s family and we are working to assist them during this difficult time; our thoughts and our prayers are with them. There is no higher priority than the safety of our cast and our guests, and we will work with authorities to thoroughly review every aspect of this incident.”

The victim is the second Disney worker to be killed while working on The Little Dip. Disney was fined $21,000 and cited for five safety violations in 2008 after a previous fatal accident in connection with this attraction.

Orlando personal injury lawyer James O. Cunningham has been helping victims of Orlando amusement park accidents and their families since 1977. He has seen the lives of many workers and visitors to our area changed in an instant in these types of accidents. When these accidents occur, victims and their families need experienced, aggressive legal representation to protect their rights, explain their legal options and help them receive the maximum possible compensation in court awards or settlements. If you have been injured in an Orlando amusement park accident and need an effective, experienced lawyer with a proven record of success in these matters, contact Mr. Cunningham today. Call 888-425-2004 or 407-425-2000 to schedule a free consultation.

James O. Cunningham

Since 1977, personal injury lawyer James Cunningham has provided effective legal advocacy to people who are injured through the negligent actions of another person or entity throughout the Central Florida area. He fights to obtain recoveries for his clients’ physical and emotional pain and suffering and pursues his clients’ personal injury cases with a commitment to excellence and impeccable preparation.

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