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Two Disney rides remain closed in wake of state citations

April 15, 2013|By Hugo Martin

A ride at Disneyland and another at Disney California Adventure Park remained closed Monday following several citations issued by the state over worker safety violations.

Disney officials said they voluntarily closed Disneyland's Space Mountain and Soarin' Over California at California Adventure Park over the weekend while they review the citations.

Park officials said they have no estimate on when the rides will be reopened.

The state's Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued fines on Friday of $234,850 for six violations related to the maintenance of fire extinguishers and worker safety barriers as well as anchors for exterior cleaners on Space Mountain.

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A contract employee was injured in November while cleaning the exterior of the enclosed roller coaster. A follow-up inspection found six worker safety violations. The violations had nothing to do with the operation of the ride, park officials emphasized.

"We have received notification of the citations and are working with OSHA to fully review them," said Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown.

The citations only focus on Space Mountain but Disney officials voluntarily closed the Soarin' Over California and Matterhorn Bobsleds rides to review the safety protocol on those attractions.

The Matterhorn ride reopened Sunday.

State records show that OSHA has issued fines of $38,860 for worker safety violations at Disneyland resorts in Anaheim since 2008.

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