Orlando amusement park accident attorney James O. Cunningham has represented injured guests and employees of amusement parks for nearly four decades. Since he began practicing law in 1977, he has seen huge safety improvements in some of the world’s most popular theme parks in the Orlando area and throughout Florida. Still, people continue to suffer serious, even fatal, injuries on and around roller coasters, water rides and other thrill rides.
An Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) official recently told reporters that SeaWorld Orlando’s policy of allowing trainers to determine whether or not a killer whale’s behavior poses a threat to handlers was a factor in the death of a trainer last year. A recent hearing on the matter revealed that the Orlando theme park has been issued three safety citations in connection with the accident involving a killer whale that pulled a trainer under water, causing her to drown. SeaWorld Orlando fired back, saying the citations and attendant fines are unfounded and that the drowning death was a tragic accident.