Space Mountain

Disneyland has reopened its Space Mountain roller coaster, which has been out of action for three weeks after Disney was cited for alleged employee safety violations.

The ride reopened to the public on Friday, May 3, 2013 after Disney installed an updated stairwell for use by Space Mountain Cast Members. It had been voluntarily closed since mid-April after California's Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) proposed fining the park $234,850 for six violations relating to employee safety while operating and maintaining Space Mountain.

Disney also closed the Matterhorn Bobsleds at Disneyland and Soarin' Over California at Disney California Adventure, but both attractions have since reopened. The range of alleged offences, covered by a DOSH report, include a lack of fire extinguishers, missing guard rails and a failure to keep proper records. The report covers only Space Mountain, and does not mention the other two attractions affected by the closures.

In November 2012, a contractor was injured during the process of performing maintenance on the exterior of Space Mountain. The worker fell down the outside of the structure, breaking several bones.

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