SeaWorld seeks repeal of OSHA decision after trainer's death
ORLANDO - SeaWorld is asking a federal appeals court to repeal a ruling by OSHA that slapped the theme park with a fine and banned trainers from being inside the tanks with killer whales.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration ruled in 2010 that the whales posed an occupational hazard to trainers and fined the theme park $12,000. The ruling also forced the park to keep trainers out of the tanks.
Trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by a whale named Tilikum in front of a crowd of spectators at SeaWorld Orlando. The whale dragged Brancheau into the water and killed her while the crowd watched.
A lower court upheld the orginal ruling, which SeaWorld is now challenging. Lawyers for the theme park say the federal government has no business regulating the shows and is citing financial losses.
The case is being argued before a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C.
You can read arguments from both sides of this case attached to this story.
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