Almost a week after US District Judge Roy Dalton upheld the order for OSHA inspectors to interview SeaWorld trainers about federally mandated safety measures, SeaWorld trainers are closer to the whales than ever.
The mandates include a ban on trainers getting near the whales during shows without a protective barrier or maintaining a minimal distance. Although minimal distance was not defined by OSHA, SeaWorld has come up with it’s own protocols. They have also taken the liberty to change those protocols in the years following the initial OSHA citations.
Perhaps they have been modified again, but I will be very interested in hearing the results of the interviews as they explain the pictures below.
These photos were taken on April 13, 2013 – 5 days after the ruling for trainer interviews to proceed. Does this look like minimal distance to you?
With so many documented cases of incidents happening in these very situations, it’s only a matter of time before it happens again.