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Disneyland machinist in critical care unit after Space Mountain vehicle struck him

Space Mountain at Disneyland
Space Mountain at Disneyland
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A week after a Disneyland machinist was struck by a Space Mountain vehicle he remains hospitalized Tuesday in a critical-care unit, the Orange County Register is reporting.

On Oct. 3 at 9:45pm, a 68-year-old employee was injured when he was hit and thrown by an attraction car, according to California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal-OSHA).

The man had been testing a vehicle that returned from rehab and was doing maintenance work on the classic ride when the vehicle struck him, injuring his back, chest, and head, according to Cal-OSHA spokesperson Patricia Ortíz.

The unnamed machinist has been in the critical care unit at UC Irvine Hospital. Cal-OSHA is investigating.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our cast member and his family. On behalf of his fellow cast members, we offer our heartfelt wishes for a full and speedy recovery," Disneyland Resort spokeswoman Suzi Brown said.

Records from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration show that there are three other open 2012 Disneyland investigations ongoing.

One investigation from 2008 is still open involving a late night custodian who fell from an attraction at California Adventure. "Employee #1 had received safety training for this task and had performed it several times before. He began cleaning a section of the ground, and he turned his back to a small area approximately 30 ft that did not have railing to protect against falling. Employee #1 walked off the edge of the platform backwards, falling a distance of 6 ft upon the cement ground. He suffered fractures to both hips. At a medical center, he underwent surgery and was hospitalized for five days," the report reads. 

Disneyland was originally fined $900 for that accident, but it was later reduced by half.