Accident at Disney Hollywood Studios' Indiana Jones show claims third Disney cast member in a month
A Walt Disney World cast member is dead after an accident Monday evening at Hollywood Studios.
Stunt performer Anislav Varbanov, 30, was fatally injured during a rehearsal for the " Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular." He was doing a tumbling roll after 7 p.m. when he was hurt.
He was pronouced dead at 8.43pm.
You have to be freaking kidding me.
Seriously???? No way. That is rediculous; what's going on at Disney? Actually, not just Disney but all the central/south florida parks!!! Especially with the stunt shows. Maybe it's time for them to be rescripted with safer stunts.
I am a tremendous fan of WDW, but this third incident in such a short period of time is perhaps just three too many for me.
I have to believe that this rash of injuries and deaths comes from behind the scenes cut backs.
Wow. The magical glare is really rubbing off this summer for our friends at WDW. I hate to see such a sad reality check - especially for the families of these employees. As NBC Miami called it: Disney's looking more like a "Tragic Kingdom" lately.
Mr. Niles writes: " It really looks like it is past time for the federal OSHA to do a stem-to-strern investigation of employee safety at Walt Disney World."
Let's not forget that there will be three lawsuits from cast members' families against the Walt Disney Company over their relatives' deaths. And that each of the three will be able to point to the other two in establishing a pattern of failure in protecting employee safety, which will be used to inflate requests for punitive damages against the company.
Mr. Niles writes: Part of Disney's responsibility as an employer is to ensure that the performer has been shown and has demonstrated how to do the maneuver in a safe manner. That's what OSHA would examine, and potentially require Disney to re-review with each of its performers.
And if the stage was wet, that's a working environment problem and Disney's responsibility.
This is just bad. whats going on disney? Its having so many sorrowful deaths of cast members. Hopefully there wont be any more. But maybe it is just time to close the indiana stunt show, its old enough already.
True, but I think you'll agree, TH: Post three employee deaths in a month on your worksite, and odds are you'll be getting a call from the feds. As it should be.
Mr. Niles, for the past ten years I have worked on several large scale construction projects where job site safety is a priority. I have my OSHA 30 hour certification and am considered qualified to be a safety rep for a subcontractor. Whenever there is a work-related death by statute OSHA must investigate.
Someone want to work out what park in Fla will be affected next? Seems to be a pattern here, Disney, Uni, BGA, Disney etc etc
It's not just the parks. On the construction job I am working on now, in the past two months there have been dozens of accidents. Most recently the coupling on a high pressured hose section pumping cement for a light weight roof popped. The hose flayed out of control and hit some guy in the head breaking his jaw. Last week guys working on installing windows in the building knocked a ladder over the edge. It fell 21 floors and (thankfully) did not land on anyone. Yesterday, on a lower level convention roof, workers were tossing sheet metal debris to the ground. They use a spotter on the ground to keep people away. The spotter was not paying attention and a guy walked into the danger zone. The piece of sheet metal that hit him in the head actually split open his hard hat -- creating a nasty head wound.
Like I asked several weeks ago, is this summer abnormally bad for accidents?
I am not sure what OSHA could have done to prevent this. Now I do not know all the details, but it sounds that this individual was injured while doing more or less what he was supposed to be doing.
Very tragic. My condolences to the family. However, I'm not sure Disney is to blame. As previously stated, these are incidents which could have resulted in injury, not death.
this is getting SICK...i know from being an ex cm..i did college program, my shifts were 12-14 hours long, 5 to 6 days a week during peak season...plus they gave the option of overtime...when will they learn!!!!
Hey, folks, cast member deaths affect me like almost nothing else on the site.
Sending someone out on a wet stage and not monitoring the switches on the Monorail are two very different things Robert.
I agree with Brian above. He just saved me alot of typing for my comment. Thats all I really got to say about this.
Brian asks: "Why couldn't either of the most recent deaths be true accident where the victim was at fault?."
Mr. Lockridge asks: "Why couldn't either of the most recent deaths be true accident where the victim was at fault?."
I too am very saddened at another person's death at Disney. We are annual passholders and went to the Indiana Jones show the past few weekends, and at one of them, I believe I saw this young man perform. I would like to know if the part he played was that of the "audience member" who goes in front of the stage pre-show with other real audience members. At one point, she (the host) asked him his name, and he gave some Russian sounding name which might have actually been his own name. He wore a turban and is asked to balance on one foot with both hands out to his sides. Later on, they "picked" him to demonstrate a fight scene. The tall actor playing the German is too big, so the producer then calls over the young lady with the blonde hair to demonstrate the punches with this young man because she is shorter. He took several "punches" to the stomach, flipped, and tumbled, and then he did a stunt which caused the audience to gasp and cringe--after one punch by the young lady stuntperson, he flipped and landed vertically on his head with feet straight up in the air, kind of like in slow motion, to a point. Last weekend, a different performer did the very same stunt. I can understand how someone could severely hurt his neck and even die with this stunt and how one wrong miscalculation could break a neck. Was this really the stunt that caused his death? I would like to see this stunt eliminated, even if it was not. It is way too dangerous. As an audience member, the show is great without it. We do not want anyone else to die at Disney. It is just horrible. I am still so very upset about this that there are no words to describe it. I am also getting rather disgusted too about the loss of life and do not feel that these are coincidences. If Disney is not making things safe for their own employee family, what if they are not keeping things safe for park guests either! Angie
I am not saying that the death is not sad or Disney shouldn't be investigated, but the deaths are getting stranger and stranger and I am not sure what can be done.
First of all I'd like to send my condolences to the family of the man who has lost his life whilst rehearsing for a show intended to entertain the rest of us.
I can't say much, I mean accidents happen all the time. You see people visiting the park getting hurt. And ultimately everyone wants to blame the company. And basically for money reasons. It can never be the actual persons fault.
These stunts are dangerous but they are for entertainment. Remeber, this is a occupational hazard! Only one person has passed away during the indiana Jones stunt show at disney. The other was a monorail incident and the last was a falling stunt performed wrong during a Jack Sparrow Toutorial...
It's ridiculous to blame Disney for this. If you've seen the show, you know that there is a bit of risk for the performers; that's the nature of stunts. Yes I realize that there has been a rash of employee deaths at WDW this summer, but the circumstances were so completely different, how can you blame Disney management? Sometimes unfortunate things happen in clusters. That's life.
Sylvain Comeau Writes: It's ridiculous to blame Disney for this.
And it continues ...
I hope there is an investigation into it. I am curious to find out what happened. From what I read, there was troubles with Indy when it opened with injuries and OSHSA, but they seemed to have fixed that.
I've actually been to see the show myself this year whilst holidaying in Orlando and it was great.
i'm not sure the family members can bring lawsuits...i'm sure in the profession of "stuntman" you have to sign all kinds of waivers/releases of liability etc....but hopefully they had good health insurance eh? sad...disney is like...alright damnit...let's see if you can get this stunt right...next!! They don't care otherwise they'd postpone filming...3 deaths in a month is a lot for one movie...i mean damn...but it's all about that mighty mighty dollar!
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