The Walt Disney Company continues to be Orange County’s largest employer – adding 5,000 more jobs since they finished remodeling their California Adventures Park. But if you are thinking about applying for one of those jobs, you may be interested in checking out their California Occupational Safety and Health Agency (OSHA) violations, complaints and inspection records.
This information is available to the public and can be found here. There are 38 entries since 2007.
The most interesting entries are the accident reports. One such incident occurred on January 10, 201o, when a cast member “attempted to climb over a 4-foot-tall wooden fence carrying a screwdriver and electrical tester. As he made it part of the way over the fence, Employee #1 fell backwards and landed on his left arm, which he extended to break his fall.”
A year or so before that incident a Disney cast member literally stepped in it. According to the OSHA report, “On February 15, 2010 Employee #1, a full time kitchen cleaner during the “graveyard shift” at Disneyland Resort, was walking through the kitchen and placed his right foot in a bucket of cleaner whose top edge was 27 inches off the floor. He said he did not know that there was Oasis Enforce, a corrosive cleaner, in the bucket. Facilities were available for washing off his foot at the restaurant but he did not. After the incident, he did not remove his sock nor wash off his foot for 2 days. When his foot was bothering him, three days later he reported the incident to his employer. Employee #1 received a chemical burn to the top of his right foot for which he underwent surgery to receive skin grafts.”
A few months after that incident a Disney engineer burned his face while working on a locomotive. According to the OSHA report, “On April 19, 2010, Employee #1, an operating engineer of Disneyland Resort, was repairing Locomotive Number 4. He was unclogging an obstructed fuel line using pressurized air to force the obstructing back into the firebox. The operation caused a flash explosion, and Employee #1 was hospitalized for first and second degree burns to his face, ears, and right arm.”
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