Category Archives: Safety

What we can learn from Disney’s revised Cal/OSHA citations


Space Mountain at Disneyland

Citations originally issued on April 12, 2013, to The Walt Disney Co. dba Disneyland Resort, were amended on May 8, 2013 by Cal/OSHA, from $234,850 down to $82,025, according to Cal/OSHA’s website.

The investigation was launched as the result of a serious injury to an employee of HSG Professional Window Cleaners, Inc. that took place on November 21, 2012 when the worker was performing maintenance on the exterior of the Space Mountain attraction. Continue reading

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Space Mountain reopens


Space Mountain 2013

“After a three-week closure to complete safety work, the popular Space Mountain attraction at Disneyland  in Anaheim reopened Friday evening,” according to the L.A. Times.

Disneyland did the right thing – they did not challenge the immense Cal/OSHA fine they received when a contractor fell while cleaning the roof of Space Mountain.  His fall protection harness apparently failed.  He hit the lip of the roof and did not fall down but he did suffer a few broken bones. Continue reading

Disneyland deserved to be fined by Cal/OSHA


Space Mountain 2013

“A California agency issued its largest fine against Disney in at least 10 years when finding that the company “willfully violated” safety regulations related to a contractor’s injury on Space Mountain, state records show,” according to the O.C. Register.

The state Division of Occupational Safety and Health is proposing a $234,850 penalty against the Disneyland Resort, according to a report issued Friday. That’s the highest penalty that the Disneyland Resort has faced since at least 2003 from the division. Continue reading

Disneyland shuts down rides due to safety violations


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The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has prompted Disneyland to shut down Space Mountain, Matterhorn, and Soarin’ Over California due to inadequate safety features, according to MiceChat. Continue reading

High School band member from Long Island died during a trip to Disneyland


Joseph Tutaj

A Long Island teenager died suddenly during a trip to Disneyland with the school band. Joseph Tutaj, 15, complained of a fever shortly before he died. Tutaj and 80 members of the Seaford High School band were enjoying the trip to the theme park before tragedy struck. Tutaj played the trumpet,” according to the Inquisitr.

“On Tuesday, Tutaj was at the Santa Monica Pier when he complained of a high fever. The teen was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and died 24 hours later,” according to CBS News. Continue reading

A look at Knott’s Berry Farm’s restaurants’ food safety record


Picture Courtesy of the Mrs. Knott's Chicken Dinner Restaurant's Facebook Page

Picture Courtesy of the Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant’s Facebook Page

A few weeks ago we took a look at the health inspection record of Disney’s top restaurants – and it was somewhat shocking.  Even the new hard to get into Carthay Circle restaurant, at California Adventures, had two major food safety violations when it was inspected on Nov. 29, 2012.

Now it’s time to have a look at the food safety record of the restaurants and eateries at Knott’s Berry Farm.  Let’s see if they’re any better…and keep in mind the fact that Orange County’s Supervisors chose a few years ago not to use letter-grade health ratings at our restaurants, which is why you will never know how bad a restaurant really is unless you click here and look up their food safety inspection records.

And what better place to start our food safety review of Knott’s than their famous Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant! They were inspected by the Orange County Health Care Agency on August 22, 2012, and here is what those intrepid inspectors found: Continue reading

Disneyland’s OSHA inspections, violations and complaints


The Walt Disney Company continues to be Orange County’s largest employer – adding 5,000 more jobs since they finished remodeling their California Adventures Park.  But if you are thinking about applying for one of those jobs, you may be interested in checking out their California Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) violations, complaints and inspection records.

This information is available to the public and can be found here.  There are 38 entries since 2007. Continue reading