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  • News Worker Rescued from Space Mountain's Roof

    The title pretty much explains it. A contracted worker was cleaning the roof when his harness came loose, causing him to fall (slide) down the roof of Space Mountain.

    ..And now we go live to the OC Register who has more details. I've always wanted to say that.

    Worker rescued from Space Mountain roof | space, mountain, disneyland - Entertainment - The Orange County Register
    Last edited by explodingboy; 11-21-2012, 02:52 PM.



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    Props to Poisonedapples for the cool sig!

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      As painful as his injuries sound, it still sounds like fun to slide down the roof of space mountain. Hose that thing down, i'll bring the inflatable.

      Micenation

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        I wonder if the Anaheim Fire Marshall is related to Al.

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          Glad he was okay! A diffrent kind of ride on space mountain!

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            Oh No! Now OSHA is going to make them put a fence on the roof of Space Mountain.

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              Originally posted by explodingboy View Post
              A contracted worker was cleaning the roof when his harness came loose
              They don't have staff that cleans it? Why an outside company? Is it only an occasional thing?

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                Originally posted by cadjoe321 View Post
                Glad he was okay! A diffrent kind of ride on space mountain!
                I'm not sure I would characterize a broken leg, broken collarbone, possible broken ribs and cuts as "okay".

                If this is a contractor, who is responsible for the safety gear?

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                  Originally posted by bigcatrik View Post
                  They don't have staff that cleans it? Why an outside company? Is it only an occasional thing?
                  very occasional, but not nearly as occasional as wdw does it.

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                    The report said he got only bruises and lacerations from the fall. Aren't ya talking about the maintenance man who was hit by a rocket earlier this year?


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                      Well, it makes a lot more sense to me now that I know that an outside contractor cleans the thing. It's become rather dirty now and then as I've visited over the years.

                      The fact that there isn't some sort of regular cleaning crew around the park(s) actually makes a lot more sense all around, considering all the dirty things I've seen over time.

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                        Originally posted by SparkChaser View Post
                        The report said he got only bruises and lacerations from the fall. Aren't ya talking about the maintenance man who was hit by a rocket earlier this year?


                        See ya walkin' right down the middle of o'l Main Street USA
                        I don't know what report you read, but the one in the link mentions several broken bones

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                          Originally posted by misfits138 View Post
                          I don't know what report you read, but the one in the link mentions several broken bones
                          That's what I'm asking myself now! I hope the man is alright.

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                            Originally posted by Congo Chris View Post
                            Oh No! Now OSHA is going to make them put a fence on the roof of Space Mountain.
                            Doubtful. A fence would not have helped where he was. OSHA would only recommend a fence in an area where it would make sense, like preventing workers and riders from falling off the vine.
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                              Originally posted by Congo Chris View Post
                              Oh No! Now OSHA is going to make them put a fence on the roof of Space Mountain.
                              While Space is a cone shaped mountain it has a level area on the lower end of it, which is where the worker stopped his fall.


                              Originally posted by Mojave View Post
                              If this is a contractor, who is responsible for the safety gear?
                              I'm sure in the inspection the detail will come out. Did the anchor fail, or his line that was attached to the anchor?
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                                Glad he survived, it could of been allot worse.
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                                  Originally posted by BradleyC View Post
                                  Glad he survived, it could of been allot worse.
                                  A lot worse...glad he is ok.
                                  For the love of Disney....:yea:

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                                    Originally posted by calsig31 View Post
                                    Doubtful. A fence would not have helped where he was. OSHA would only recommend a fence in an area where it would make sense, like preventing workers and riders from falling off the vine.
                                    Yup, more like several rings going around the cone, rails on them, steps (and more rails) on each of the ribs of the cone. Aw heack, they should just turn it into a cubed showbuilding and paint it "utility grey".

                                    Anyway, I am glad you said OSHA would recommend something. They rarely, in the case of the latest safety frenzy, force DLR to change. Most of the changes are coming from Disney lawyers. I have seen way too many posts on this site that demonize OSHA, when in reality it is the lawyers who are reacting to our litigious society.

                                    As someone else asked, I too wonder if it actually comes down to the contracted company and not Disney in this case.

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                                      Originally posted by JMazz View Post
                                      Yup, more like several rings going around the cone, rails on them, steps (and more rails) on each of the ribs of the cone. Aw heack, they should just turn it into a cubed showbuilding and paint it "utility grey".

                                      Anyway, I am glad you said OSHA would recommend something. They rarely, in the case of the latest safety frenzy, force DLR to change. Most of the changes are coming from Disney lawyers. I have seen way too many posts on this site that demonize OSHA, when in reality it is the lawyers who are reacting to our litigious society.

                                      As someone else asked, I too wonder if it actually comes down to the contracted company and not Disney in this case.
                                      Generally, it would. Most cases, contractors are responsible for developing and implementing a fall protection plan. In this way, Disney shifts its liability to the contractor, also required to carry a hefty liability insurance policy/

                                      ---------- Post added 11-24-2012 at 02:14 AM ----------

                                      Now, the article says the victim slid 20 feet before stopping. This means that the fall arrest system that should have been in place was either:

                                      a) Nonexistent. If this is the case then both Disney and the employer could be on the hook. Disney, for not ensuring that there was a fall arrest system. The employer, for not providing the fall arrest system. Willful violation of both state and federal OSHA regulations.

                                      b) Existent, but either misused or unused. Most likely this would be the fault of the employer, either for not supervising the work or failing to train the victim properly. If a lawsuit were to occur Disney would be most likely named since joint and several liability would mandate it.

                                      c) Existent, but failed. It wouldn't be the first time a fall arrest system failed, nor the last. If procedures were followed and the manufacturer's equipment still failed within the rated limits, then it might be on the manufacturer. This situation is the least likely of the three, but it does depend on the employer following all the instructions for the fall arrest system.
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                                        Re: Worker Rescued from Space Mountain's Roof

                                        Speaking from the perspective of guy who has been in the heavy construction trades for 38 years, I've spent plenty of time in 'Bosuns Chairs', or as we usually call them, chairs.

                                        There are two types that I've seen;

                                        1) This type is basically a chair sort of thing that you sit in. It has sides (sort of anyway) and a seat belt. There is a cable going up from the middle of the chair that is attached to a crane. The crane operator moves the chair (and the guy in it).

                                        This type of chair looks scary as all get-out, and until you get used to it, it is!! But remember, there's about 200 lbs. or so being supported by a crane that has a capacity or at least several tons.

                                        2) The other type is suspended from a fixed object, sometimes a pole jutting out from a building. This type has a rope and pulleys, and it is controlled by the guy in it. Picture a window washers scaffold plank, but much shorter, and you sit in it. It also has a seat belt.

                                        Both of these contraptions are designed to be supported vertically, never any other way.

                                        The second type has a nasty habit of releasing the rope completely if it happens to go slack. Of course, this will never happen if it is used properly......

                                        I don't know exactly what happened here, but there are two likely scenarios that I can thing of.

                                        1) The guy was using the chair properly on the vertical part of the roof, lowered himself down to the point his feet touched the roof, the rope went slack......

                                        2) The guy was dumb enough to try to use the chair on the angled part of the roof. In which case, a fall was pretty much certain.

                                        More than likely, he was in a hurry to get done before the park opened. Companies like Disney tend to push contractors unbelievably hard. The basic idea is that if it took 8 hours last time, it'll take 7 1/2 next time. And so on.

                                        There comes a point when the time allowed for a project becomes impossible. But that doesn't matter to the suit who schedules the project. All he cares about is impressing upper management, nothing else.

                                        Feel free to laugh at or criticize my opinions all you want, but remember; they're based on a lot of years of being in the same position the victim was in.

                                        Rob
                                        Last edited by micromind; 11-24-2012, 08:12 PM.

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