Cal/OSHA reverses killer whale verdict

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SAN DIEGO – California’s workplace safety office withdrew its report on a whale’s attack on a trainer at SeaWorld Adventure Park that said it was only a matter of time before someone is killed. Cal/OSHA apologized and said its investigation required expertise that it does not have. It promised to “thoroughly review” its own account of the attack. Trainer Kenneth Peters, 39, was bit and held underwater several times by the 7,000-pound killer whale during a show at Shamu Stadium Nov. 29. He escaped with a broken foot and was hospitalized for three days. SeaWorld disagreed with Cal/OSHA’s finding Tuesday that a trainer’s death was inevitable. After two days of discussions with SeaWorld officials, Cal/OSHA said late Friday that it was withdrawing its recommendations – including one to consider lethal force to save a trainer’s life – because SeaWorld did not violate safety standards. It said parts of its report “stray from describing the evidence and are clearly inappropriate.”last_img

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