​Space Mountain Closed At Disneyland For Safety Violation

Author: John LesterBy:
Staff Reporter
Aug. 5, 2014

Space Mountain and two other rides were closed at Disneyland Resort in Santa Ana, California, last weekend for a safety protocol review, which was prompted after citations were given by the park by state regulators.

The citations were received Friday from the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, according to Disneyland Resorts spokeswoman Suzi Brown.

The closure of Space Mountain, the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Soarin’ Over California were voluntary and were made of an abundance of caution, Brown said Sunday.

“We constantly strive to maintain a safe work environment for our cast members and contractors — and we are reviewing certain protocols,” she said.

The citations were related to an incident in November when a contracted worker was injured while performing maintenance on the exterior of the Space Mountain attraction.

Disneyland failed to be adequately correct ” known fall hazards ” that existed on the exterior of Space Mountain, according to a description of the citation on the Cal/OSHA website.

“Furthermore, Disneyland Resort failed to have approved anchorages or approved tie-backs for contract employees to attach to when performing scheduled exterior building maintenance,” the description reads.

Space Mountain and the other closed rides are reopened as of Monday.

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