SeaWorld settles orca trainer safety citations

Jan 6, 2016 3:41 PM by News Staff

AN DIEGO (AP) - SeaWorld and California workplace regulators have reached a settlement over allegations that the park failed to train workers to safely interact with its killer whales.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the settlement, which still needs approval from the California Occupational Safety and Health Appeals Board, would dismiss all four worker safety citations and related fines, but require the park to adhere to strict guidelines on how whales and trainers interact.

The proposed agreement would ban surfing on, swimming under and standing on orcas.

The citations claimed the park didn't keep employees aware of hazards involving the orcas. A park spokesman said SeaWorld is pleased with the settlement.

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