Disney violated manufacturer's SOP on monorails
Written by Robert Niles
Jason Garcia at the Orlando Sentinel got his hands on the SOP [standard operating procedures] manual that Bombardier Inc. wrote for Disney's monorail system and found that Disney violated those procedures during the incident last July that led to a crash which cost the life of monorail driver Austin Wuennenberg.Tweet
According to the SOP, Disney is supposed to have a spotter watching any monorail train when it is operating in reverse. Disney's didn't have a spotter on the platform in July, one who could have seen that a track switch wasn't in the position that the drivers thought it was in.
Disney is enforcing that policy strictly now, demanding under threat of disciplinary action that a spotter watch any monorail in reverse, no matter how short the distance.
I believe that we are still awaiting the NTSB report on the incident. Someone please correct me if I am wrong about that.
Update (2009/12/23): OSHA hits Disney with $44,000 in fines over the monorail crash, and other incidents. Compared with other OSHA actions, the fine seems light, given that an employee death was involved.
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