Sea World Orlando faces hearings this week that are connected to the infamous 2010 tragedy in which a killer whale caused the death of a trainer. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration contends Sea World Orlando willfully put its employees in danger by failing to take enough safety precautions, including using proper barriers, decking or oxygen supply systems.
CNN reports OSHA notes that the killer whale involved in the death also caused a trainer’s death in Canada in 1991.
Sea World says OSHA’s allegations are false:
“These allegations are completely baseless, unsupported by any evidence or precedent, and reflect a fundamental lack of understanding of the safety requirements associated with marine mammal care.”
Since the incident, Sea World has stopped letting trainers enter the water with killer whales.