On October 3, a Disneyland machinist was working on a Space Mountain attraction vehicle when he was critically injured. The 68-year-old employee was hit by one of the ride’s vehicles around 10 p.m. that night as he was attempting to make repairs.
At the time of the workplace accident, the Anaheim theme park was closed. The attraction vehicle that the man was working on was not an active car for the ride, but instead was under maintenance. As a result of the accident, the man sustained injuries to his head, chest and back. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he remained in critical condition for over a week.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, the worker was a member of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers union. The union is in full cooperation with the OSHA and its investigation into the workplace accident. Workplace investigations conducted by the OSHA take between three and five months to complete.
The Space Mountain ride was cleared for safety, and was open to the public the next day at the park. According to an OSHA representative, the ride would not have reopened if there was any evidence indicating it was hazardous to the general population at the park. A Disneyland spokesperson released a statement after the incident, offering condolences and wishes for a speedy recovery to the worker.