OSHA launches new SeaWorld investigation

Published On: Dec 18 2012 07:24:47 AM EST
Updated On: Dec 18 2012 07:54:38 AM EST
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ORLANDO, Fla. -

Federal inspectors say they've found more unsafe working conditions at SeaWorld, leading to a new investigation into whether trainers are being protected from the park's killer whales.

In September, video from Local 6 helicopter Sky 6 showed SeaWorld Orlando trainers still having close contact with whales during shows.

Months prior to that, an administrative judge ruled that SeaWorld must keep its trainers out of the water and behind barriers when performing with the whales.

Weeks after Local 6's report, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration conducted a follow-up inspection at SeaWorld and indicated in court papers that they observed more "unsafe conditions."  Details of that inspection have not been made public.

SeaWorld is asking a judge to postpone the safety requirements while they appeal the order.

The initial investigation stemmed from the death of trainer Dawn Brancheau, who was pulled underwater by a whale and killed at SeaWorld Orlando in February 2010.

Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

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