Labor Department wants to know how SeaWorld is keeping trainers safe

Posted Wednesday, December 19, 2012 9:59 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

The U.S. Labor Department asked a court to compel Blackstone Group LP’s SeaWorld of Florida LLC to report how the marine theme park is easing hazards discovered after a trainer died in an attack by a killer whale. SeaWorld has declined to provide three managers for interviews about steps taken after the six-ton whale grabbed Dawn Brancheau at the Orlando, Florida, facility in 2010.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 1:47 PM

If I were a spokesperson for SeaWorld, my response would be "None of your business."

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:54 PM

^oi. the gov'ment know less about the safety of sea animals than the sea world trainers do.....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012 11:59 PM

I don't necessarily think the DOL knows better than Sea World but I think it would be in everyone's interest to share best practices. Is employee safety really a trade secret?

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Thursday, December 20, 2012 11:01 AM

bjames said:

^oi. the gov'ment know less about the safety of sea animals than the sea world trainers do.....

DoL isn't charged with the safety of the animals, their job is to protect the humans from job-related injury or death.

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