Contracted Disneyland worker dies in backstage accident

in Disney, Disneyland Resort, Theme Parks

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Credit: Christian Thompson/Disneyland Resort

A 38-year-old man working in a trench at Disneyland died in the early hours of Thursday morning, August 29, after a steel plate fell on him while working on an HVAC unit.

According to a Metro Net Fire dispatcher, paramedics were called to the Anaheim theme park around 3:20 a.m. to treat the injured man. Following the incident, the worker went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics provided CPR for the man but he later died at a nearby hospital.

The worker was with a group of other employees from a third-party contractor and was working in a backstage area installing chiller lines for an HVAC system, said police Sergeant Daron Wyatt, a spokesman for Anaheim Fire & Rescue.

Sleeping Beauty Castle
Credit: (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Wyatt says the team of workers was lowering a piece of equipment when it hit a beam and knocked over the metal plate, causing it to fall. The plate then fell and struck the worker, knocking him to the ground. At the time, the worker was in a trench.

According to the dispatcher, the trench the worker was in was eight to ten feet deep. Firefighters on the scene had to hoist the man out of the deep hole in the ground with a basket to retrieve him.

Following the unexpected death of the worker, a Disney spokeswoman released a statement saying: “We are saddened by this tragic accident involving a contractor and on behalf of Disneyland Resort extend our deepest sympathies to this gentleman’s family, friends and coworkers.”

The last time we heard of a worker passing away at a Disney Park was in March when a 58-year-old man suffered a fatal fall at Epcot near the park’s France Pavilion in the World Showcase.

The man was George Walter Dewayne Grimes, who was reported to have been working for the park to perform backstage work at the time of the incident.

Source: Orange County Register 

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