Primeval Whirl


Disney Fined $69,000 by OSHA for Safety Violations

OSHA has cited and fined Walt Disney World for safety violations following the March death of a worker on the Animal Kingdom ride Primeval Whirl.

Russell Roscoe, a maintenance employee, was killed by one of the ride's vehicles in March as he was working on the roller coaster. The Primeval Whirl, originally closed in January for refurbishment, remained closed after the accident.

Primeval Whirl To Remain Closed Throughout Summer

The Primeval Whirl roller coaster in Disney's Animal Kingdom is expected to remain closed until September. The ride, which was initially closed in January for refurbishment, has been the subject of a federal investigation following the death of a park mechanic in March of this year.

Russell Roscoe, 52, was struck while working on the ride March 13 and died after suffering massive head injuries. Since that time, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has been conducting an investigation into the ride and the worker's death.

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Cast Member Working on Animal Kingdom Ride Dies

A 52-year-old Disney cast member working on the Animal Kingdom's Primeval Whirl ride died on Monday. Russell Sherry Roscoe of Webster, Florida, sustained head injuries when he was struck by one of the ride's moving vehichles and later died at an area hospital.

Walt Disney World President Meg Crofton said in a statement released Monday:

"Our Walt Disney World community has experienced a tragic loss. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Russ Roscoe's family and we are working to assist them during this difficult time; our thoughts and our prayers are with them.