Space Mountain Closed: What Was Unsafe About The Disneyland Ride?

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Space Mountain closed on Friday due to safety concerns. Creative Commons

Space Mountain in Disneyland was closed this weekend along with two other rides. The rides were closed due to Disney's review of its employee safety protocols due to citations from the state of California.

Disneyland received citations on Friday from California Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

Disneyland Resorts spokeswoman Suzi Brown stated the closures Space Mountain, the Matterhorn Bobsleds and Soarin' Over California were voluntary, "we constantly strive to maintain a safe work environment for our cast members and contractors -- and we are reviewing certain protocols."

The citations received on Friday were due to an incident that occurred in November when a worker was injured while preforming maintenance work on the exterior doom of Space Mountain. The worker fell from the exterior of the ride and Disneyland failed to adequately correct the "known fall hazards" discovered in November.

According to the California/OSHA website, "Disneyland Resort failed to have approved anchorages or approved tie-backs for contract employees to attach to when performing scheduled exterior building maintenance." While The Matterhorn ride reopened on Sunday, Disney has stated that it is unclear how long the other two rides will remain close.

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