Friday, November 18, 2011

Unsafe practice

A lack of adequate safety protocols at Walt Disney World contributed to a 2009 collision between two monorail trains that killed a 21-year-old resort employee, federal investigators said Monday, concluding an investigation that took nearly two-and-a-half years.

The National Transportation Safety Board, in a 14-page report released on the afternoon of Halloween, cited a pair of employee errors as the primary causes of the July 5, 2009, accident, which occurred when one train traveling in reverse slammed into another, killing the second train's driver, 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg of Kissimmmee.

But the federal agency added that "Walt Disney World Resort's lack of standard operating procedures leading to an unsafe practice when reversing trains" also contributed to the tragedy.

NTSB is the second federal agency to cite Disney for its role in the accident. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Disney with four safety violations in December 2009 following its probe into the accident and ultimately fined the resort $35,200.

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