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Universal fined over Dueling Dragons incident

Universal has been fined $3,750 over an incident which saw an employee struck by one of the ride trains on the Dueling Dragons rollercoaster at Islands of Adventure.

The worker was injured while conducting routine safety checks on the ride before the park opened in the morning on July 1. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) criticised Universal for allowing employees to conduct checks underneath the ride in areas where it passes within feet of the ground. The park must now fence off the areas before December 24 in order to prevent a repeat occurrence.

Despite the OHSA labelling Universal's actions as a "serious" violation of health and safety codes, the fine levied on Universal is tiny relative to the $200 million the company is shelling out on the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure.

Dueling Dragons is due to be rethemed as Dragon Challenge in time for the opening of the Harry Potter land in Spring 2010. Universal is yet to confirm a closing date for the ride, although retheming of the ride queue has already begun.

No details have been released on the condition of the worker injured in the train collision.

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