SeaWorld files complaint against OSHA investigator

Posted Friday, February 28, 2014 9:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff

SeaWorld Entertainment Inc. on Thursday filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Labor, asking the agency to examine the conduct of an investigator who led the probe into SeaWorld's safety practices following the death of an Orlando trainer killed by a park killer whale in 2010. The company accuses OSHA investigator Lara Padgett of leaking confidential company documents to the makers of "Blackfish."

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

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Friday, February 28, 2014 6:08 PM

Does anyone else like this whole thing is blown way out of the pun intended...These trainers know the dangers and so does the park....too bad it only takes one movie to ruin something that has been a major part of my life.

Friday, February 28, 2014 8:56 PM

The movie didn't ruin anything. I think you're confused.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 7:57 AM

I wouldn't say confused but seaworld as a kid was a magical place to me. I worked there in 2002 (Kraken) and I always loved the killer whales and the interaction with the trainers during the shows. It is sad when a trainer is killed but they are killer whales and they are wild animals that are captive. Blackfish does such a wonderful job of turning these animals into just straight monsters and turns seaworld into a monster that seems even worse.

I love SeaWorld and I always will...I am not going to let the opinion of others and a movie ever ruin the memories that I have created there.


Saturday, March 1, 2014 8:29 AM

The movie has nothing to do with anything. It reinforced what some people already thought. If you look at the recent financial results, the company had a great year.

Not allowing the trainers in the water is an order from OSHA, which predates the movie by years. The company is appealing it. (In my opinion, as they should... OSHA is not qualified to make that call.)

Saturday, March 1, 2014 6:41 PM

The movie has impacted the musical performance line-ups and such for their "Bands, Brews and BBQ" or whatever. You can make the call on whether the performers in question viewed the movie critically or not, but the movie was cited several times by those who pulled out.

It hasn't impacted attendance from what I've noticed...not at all.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 9:01 PM

Most artists that pulled out did it to avoid controversy altogether, and less from personal views it seems. Some of the ones that did perform apparently received a great deal of harassment on Twitter and other places from the Blackfish supporters.

The protests outside the Sea World gates are turning into a zoo in themselves. Anti-Sea World people have roaming trucks with digital signs on the back, while pro-Sea World people are now protesting the protesters from the other side of the street. Of course, all of this seems to be having little impact other than giving both the protest film and Sea World itself lots of free publicity.

Saturday, March 1, 2014 10:10 PM

Weird, I drive by the park every day, twice, and I've yet to see a protester.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 6:09 AM

Must be a weekends only thing. Both sides of the protesters were out in full force last Saturday. SeaWorld's twitter even posted a photo of some of the pro-Sea World people. Apparently nobody wants to take time off work to protest the "enslavement" of orcas.

Sunday, March 2, 2014 9:56 AM

Misplaced activism is hard.


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