Disney settles with Animal Kingdom employee’s widow

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The worker killed while testing a ride in Disney’s Animal Kingdom family has reached a settlement with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. The case was scheduled to go to court this week; however, the worker’s widow Terrie Roscoe dismissed the case voluntarily with prejudice on Friday.

Roscoe’s attorney Brian Denney said:

“The case has been resolved to the parties’ satisfaction. The terms of the settlement are confidential.”

While workers were “wet” testing Primeval Whirl, one of the rides in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park Russell Roscoe, a 52-year-old attractions mechanic, was struck by one of the rides vehicles and died. When a Wet test is being down workers will spray the tracks with water to test the brakes, at the time Roscoe was in an area close to the tracks and got hit.

Denney has argued that Disney knew this area was unsafe and that while in this area Roscoe would not have thought any vehicles were going to be launched.

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration looked into the death of Russell Roscoe’s death they cited Disney, Disney ended up paying $47,250 in fines.

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